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Three youths rescued from Hare Island by Galway RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Three youths who got trapped on Hare Island, Galway Bay, earlier this evening (Friday 30 June) were rescued by Galway RNLI lifeboat crew.

Galway RNLI on exercise


Galway RNLI on exercise

The three males, in their late teens, had gone out for a walk to the island earlier in the day and became cut off by the tide when attempting to return at about 6.25pm. Members of the public spotted they were in difficulty and contacted the Lifeboat station at Galway Docks.

Volunteer lifeboat crew, Helm Brian Niland, Ros Forde, Ian O’Gorman and John O’Sullivan arrived within 10 minutes and brought the three teens safely ashore. They did not require medical attention.

Galway RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Mike Swan says the youths did the right thing by staying on the island and waiting for help. “We would urge people to be aware of their surroundings and mindful of the tides when out walking on the bay as it’s easy to lose track of time this time of year.”


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