Cork student fighting for life following US water rescue

Cork student fighting for life following US water rescue
Philip Leahy from Ballyhooly who is in a serious condition in hospital in the US following a swimming accident.

A CORK J1 student is fighting for his life in a US hospital after nearly drowning off the coast of Maryland.

The young man, named locally as Phillip Leahy from Ballyhooly is believed to have gotten into difficulty swimming in the sea at Ocean City.

He was one of four swimmers rescued from the water in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The local fire department was called to assist four swimmers who got in trouble in rough conditions.

One of the group managed to raise the alarm at about 6.30am local time and two of the group were helped to shore by rescue swimmers.

Reports say Mr Leahy suffered apparent cardiac arrest; he was given CPR and brought to Atlantic General Hospital in very serious condition.

The Department of Foreign Affairs have said they “are aware of the incident and stand ready to provide assistance”.

The Ballyhooly Community has been numbed by the news with locals gathering in the town last night at a vigil to pray for Phillip.

Phillip’s father, Phil Leahy was well-known in the community. The Fine Gael supporter ran for the county council in 2011; he passed away in 2014.

Cork County Councillor Frank O’Flynn said the area was numbed by the news.

“The family have gone out, it’s very sad.” he said.

“The whole parish are numbed and it’s very upsetting. Our prayers and thoughts are with them."

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