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Skerries RNLI respond to reports of swimmers in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI launched yesterday evening (05 July) after the Coast Guard received a report that there may be swimmers in difficulty in Rush.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat

Shortly before 4.30pm yesterday evening Dublin Coast Guard received reports from the lifeguards on Rush beach that three swimmers were 500 metres off shore and possibly in danger of being pulled out to sea. Skerries RNLI were tasked to check on the group and the lifeboat was launched with volunteer David Knight at the Helm and crewed by Ian Guildea, AJ Hughes and JP Tanner.

The lifeboat made it’s way towards Rush and began a search of the area. They stopped to speak to kayakers in the area and it soon became apparent that the lifeguards on the beach had mistaken them for a group of swimmers.

Once it was established that there was nobody in danger the lifeboat was stood down and returned to Skerries.

Speaking about the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘In this case it was a false alarm with good intent. But we would remind everyone, if you see someone in trouble in the water, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard’

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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning Skerries RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer on 087 988 4965 email gerryjcanning@gmail.com or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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