Skerries RNLI assist three men, a woman and a dog over busy few days.
Skerries RNLI responded to three calls for help between Saturday (25 February) and Wednesday (01 March), bringing three men, a woman and a dog to safety.
Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI shortly after 6.30am this morning, having received a call from a fishing vessel that had run aground on the rocks south of Shenick island with two men on board. The lifeboat was launched with volunteer Eoin Grimes at the Helm and crewed by Paddy Dillon, Steven Johnson and Peter Kennedy.
The crew quickly located the fishing boat and determined that she was still aground, but not taking on any water. As a precaution, they requested that the All-Weather Lifeboat from Howth be launched so that they could assist should there be any water ingress when the tide began to rise. However, as the vessel began to float it became apparent that Howth Lifeboat would not be required and they returned to station. Skerries Lifeboat then stood by the fishing vessel as she returned safely to Skerries harbour.
On Monday (27 February) morning, shortly after 10.30 am, volunteers Conor Walsh, Joe May and Stephen Crowley manned the lifeboat to assist a woman who was stranded on the rocks after going to the aid of a trapped dog. The woman was not the owner of the dog, but had waded out to help the distressed animal before being cut off by the tide. They were both brought safely to the station and the dog was then brought to a local veterinarian, where she was later reunited with her owner.
On Saturday (25 February) afternoon, the lifeboat was launched with Eoin Grimes, Conor Walsh and Simon Shiels on board after the Coastguard requested assistance for a man who had lost power on his personal watercraft. The man had been some way off shore when he ran into difficulty, he had managed to paddle a long distance and was extremely tired as a result. The lifeboat crew assisted the man ashore where he received further help from Skerries Coast Guard unit. They then took the watercraft under tow and returned it to the beach.Speaking about the call outs, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ‘We’re very proud of our volunteers. This last few days they have shown just how much commitment and dedication is involved in being on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are always ready to respond to a call for help.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.