Donate now
An RNLI inshore D class lifeboat in rough seas with three crew aboard, two lean out to reach for a child in the water on the port side of the lifeboat

Watch the moment a girl’s life is saved

Tom Lyons

Dun Laoghaire RNLI volunteers rescue a child from rough seas.

When a child was swept into the sea at Dun Laoghaire in April 2024 and found herself at the mercy of rolling waves, horrified onlookers walking on the pier called for help. The town's lifeboat volunteers launched their D class lifeboat and headed to the scene within minutes. This is what happened next.

‘I am very proud of my lifeboat crew’

When the lifeboat crew drew close to the girl, she was floating on her back and calling for help. After pulling her aboard the lifeboat, the volunteers headed for shore where an ambulance was waiting. Despite her ordeal, the cold, exhausted child made a full recovery.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Ed Totterdell said: ‘We would like to thank the members of the public who raised the alarm by contacting the Coast Guard so quickly.

‘I am very proud of my lifeboat crew for their actions and swift response. We train every week for every possible scenario and this was one of those times where every second counted.’

If you find yourself struggling in the water, the RNLI's advice is FLOAT TO LIVE.

Tilt your head back with ears submerged, relax and try to breathe normally and move your hands to help you stay afloat. Spread your arms and legs to improve stability. 


Find out more