Three people got into trouble while swimming in Whiting Bay in Ardmore, Co Waterford (Image: Getty)

A young man has died after three people got into trouble while swimming off the Irish coast.

Gardai was called to Whiting Bay in Ardmore, Co Waterford at around 1.30pm on Friday afternoon.

The Coast Guard rescued three people struggling in the water.

An ambulance took the unnamed 21-year-old to Cork University Hospital but was later pronounced dead. The other two were unharmed.

The incident is being treated as a tragic accident and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

Just over two weeks ago, a swimmer washed up in the sea on Little Fistral beach near Newquay in Cornwall.

RNLI lifeboats had to embark on a daring rescue mission, aided by the fact that the woman wore a bright pink hat.

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She also held a pink float, which was spotted ashore by someone who called 999.

The whole thing was captured on camera by the Coast Guard, who filmed the woman being pulled out of the water and helped into the helicopter.

Coast Guard Matt Rogers said: “This swimmer had done a lot to give himself a chance to be rescued if something went wrong.

“Not only did she have a swimmer in a bright pink color, but she also wore a hat in the same color.

“It meant that our caller could give us information that would help us rescue the swimmer quickly.

“It’s a reminder of how quickly things can go wrong, even for the most seasoned of people, and why you must do what it takes to help us when the worst happens.”