Mother-of-two, Joanna Wisniowska (34), tragically lost her life on Sunday afternoon while attempting to save her 10-year-old son from drowning off Ballycroneen strand in east Cork. Despite a swift search and rescue operation, Joanna was unable to escape the pull of a rip current and was swept away. She had shown immense bravery in getting her son to safety on nearby rocks before succumbing to the current.
Joanna, originally from Strzyzow in Poland, had been residing in Cloyne, east Cork with her husband and two children for several years. Her funeral service will take place on Friday, June 30 at 7pm in St. Colman’s Church, Cloyne. Following the service, her body will be returned to Strzyzow for burial.
A death notice on Rip.ie pays tribute to Joanna as the “beloved wife to Maciek, loving mother to Stanley and Zosia.” The notice also mentions her parents, sister, nieces, and extended family, as well as her friends, colleagues, and the Cloyne community who will miss her dearly. Joanna had been employed in the tourism and hospitality industry, having worked at Castlemartyr Resort, and was a certified massage therapist.
Described by locals as pleasant, quiet, hard-working, and devoted to her family, Joanna and her family were actively involved in the local community and shared a passion for water sports. The East Ferry Rowing Club, where Joanna’s partner and son are both rowers, expressed their deep sorrow over her tragic passing. They extended their heartfelt condolences to Joanna’s partner, children, and all her family and friends, and offered their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
In today’s news, we remember Joanna Wisniowska, a courageous mother who lost her life while saving her son. Her selfless act of bravery will forever be remembered by those who knew her. May she rest in peace.