Two swimmers have been branded “idiots” after recklessly ignoring severe weather warnings to go bathing off the coast of Ireland as the eye of Storm Ophelia approached.
Pensioner Timmy Flaherty and bather Emer Cannon defied advice urging people to stay indoors as experts warned the storm would bring flooding, violent, destructive winds and a danger to life.
Ophelia, which was a category three hurricane before being downgraded to a storm, hit the south-west tip of Ireland on Monday morning and moved northwards throughout the day.
Three people have so far been killed in the storm, officials confirmed.
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