GARDAI are investigating videos of two semi-naked women swimming in the river in Newcastle West on a night out, which has attracted amore than 20,000 hits on YouTube.
The videos of the pair were posted to the internet on July 8, and show them paddling in a dangerous rocky area of the River Arra close to the bridge at the bottom of Bridge Street.
The incident was filmed by one of the large crowd of people who saw the incident, and was posted on to YouTube in three segments.
A spokesperson for Newcastle West garda station said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing, but no charges have yet been brought. The two young women in the video, who are named in comments left on YouTube, are from the West Limerick area.
The garda spokesperson added that the incident could possibly be dealt with by way of an adult caution.
The videos, which combined run to eight minutes long, begin by showing the two women in their underwear paddling in a deep section of the river, just below the rock falls at South Quay.
For the next five minutes, the women are seen trying to make their way back to the South Quay steps on the instructions of a member of the gardai.
A crowd of up to a dozen people, mostly young men, watch the incident taking place.
The women are seen having difficulty negotiating the white water coming over the rocks, and at one point one of them slips and falls face first in a shallow section.
The pair eventually make their way to the steps, with the aid of a life buoy thrown in by a garda. On several occasions one of the women partially exposes herself as she tries to climb out of the water.
As well as attracting tens of thousands of views, the videos have also prompted several comments ranging from comedic and abusive to outright critical.
One of the women in the video, responding to a critical comment, said “we know how to have fun, don’t watch it if u have a problem with it [sic]”.
Another comment reads: “great example to show ya kid anyways! I bet he’d be dead proud of ya girl [sic]”.
Another is more damning: “The children that videoed and posted this clip should be ashamed”.