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Fethard RNLI called out twice in 24 hours to Woodstown Strand

Lifeboats News Release

Fethard RNLI launched this afternoon (Monday 18 July) for the second time in 24 hours on request of the Irish Coast Guard to a report of four people whom may have been in difficulty in the water due to dense fog at Woodstown Strand, County Waterford.

A report was received that due to dense fog there may have been  a possibility that a party of four may have gotten into difficulty in the water.  Fethard lifeboat launched from Duncannon, with intense fog, a light southerly force two breeze with calm seas.

Arriving at Woodstown the volunteer crew commenced a search north of the strand, incorporating a land search of the surrounding caves. Volunteer RNLI shore crew also attended at the strand and carried out search on the strand.

At 3.15pm Fethard RNLI was stood down on notification from the Irish Coast Guard that all members were safely ashore and well.

Speaking following the call out, Eoin Bird, Fethard RNLI Lifeboat Helm said: 'We would like commend the member of the public who raised the alarm today when they were concerned. Our volunteers responded quickly this afternoon to aid in the search and we are delighted that all had been located safe and well'.

Fethard Volunteer lifeboat crew on the callout today were Helm Eoin Bird, Diarmaid Bird, Finola Foley, Inhsore crew were driver Kevin Byrne and shore helper Brendan O Callaghan.


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