A 21-year-old man from Mayo has died while on holiday abroad in Greece.

Cian McHale, who was originally from Castlebar, but had lived in Galway for several years, was on holiday in Crete with his friends when tragedy struck.

It is reported that Cian was swimming in an area off the coast on Thursday morning, when he suddenly lost consciousness and was swept out to sea by the strong currents.

His friends immediately alerted local police and rescue teams, who launched boats, divers and jet skis in a long search during the early hours of Thursday morning on the resort.

He was discovered a time later stuck under rocks, and while rescuers were able to release him, they were unable to save him in time.

There has been an outpouring of tributes for Cian, who was well-known around Galway, despite growing up in Mayo in his youth.

A memorial service was held for him in the Claddagh at 8pm last night.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, the Irish Embassy in Greece and the Greece Embassy in Ireland are providing consular assistance to his family at this time.

 

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