Swimmer fighting for his life after being found floating face down in the water
A MIDDLE-aged man is fighting for his life after being rescued from the water in Cork.
The 47 year old man was spotted floating face down in water near the Regional Park in Ballincollig shortly before 6pm.
A group of people out walking spotted the man in the water, realised he was in difficulty and rushed to his aid.
He was immediately brought ashore and locals commenced cardiac pulmonary resuscitation.
Gardaí and paramedics were at the scene within minutes and the man was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH).
He is understood to be in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Locals said the man had apparently gone into the water to enjoy a swim and to cool down from the later afternoon heat.
It remains unclear whether he fell ill in the water or if he got into difficulties while swimming.
The man is understood to be from the Ballincollig area.
It is believed that he entered the water alone only a short time before 6pm.
The incident came as Irish Water Safety and the Irish Coastguard urged people to exercise extreme care near water.
The RNLI said that its rate of call-out has spiralled over the past few weeks given the fine weather and the number of people enjoying water sports.