Cork student dies following swimming accident in the US

The 22-year-old had been on life support since being rescued from the water on Wednesday

Cork student dies following swimming accident in the US

Philip Leahy. Image: GoFundMe

A young Irish student has died following a swimming accident in the US last week.

22-year-old Philip Leahy from Ballyhooly in County Cork suffered a cardiac arrest as he was rescued from the water at Ocean City, Maryland last Wednesday.

He passed away last night after spending the past number of days on life support. 

Mr Leahy was on a J1 trip in the US and was part of a group of four people who got into difficulty on an early morning swim.

One of the swimmers made it to shore and raised the alarm.

Rescue swimmers helped two more people out of the water; however Mr Leahy suffered a cardiac arrest during the rescue.

His mother Ann and brothers William and Patrick travelled to the US on Thursday and had been at his bedside in hospital over the weekend.

Around 200 people attended a vigil at the Ballyhooly GAA club on Thursday night.

Tributes have been paid to the "hugely popular" Ballyhooly GAA captain online - and a crowd-funding page has raised over €92,000 to support his family.

Mr Leahy had been in the US since June and was due to continue his studies at the Cork Institute of Technology after the summer.