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Wicklow RNLI assist injured man during multi-agency operation

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow RNLI lifeboat pagers were activated at 12.24pm on Tuesday afternoon (16 May) following a Coast Guard launch request to a casualty, who had fallen from the quayside onto the Strand beach while cycling at Wicklow harbour.

RNLI Wicklow

The volunteer inshore lifeboat crew were on scene within minutes and were met by ambulance personnel on the beach. The paramedics were assessing the casualty and asked the lifeboat crew to prepare a stretcher to transport the person by boat to the nearby slip, as the rocky terrain on the strand would prevent them getting the casualty safely up onto the road. The tide was also coming in at the time.

With the arrival of a Coast Guard cliff rescue unit, it was decided to use their specialist climbing equipment to winch the casualty off the beach by stretcher. Many of the lifeboat crew had also assembled at the strand and began to assist with the stretcher extraction.

The casualty was lifted by stretcher from the beach up onto the road and brought to hospital by a waiting ambulance.

Speaking after the call out, Tommy Dover, Wicklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer said: 'Our volunteer crew would like to wish the man a speedy recovery from his fall. The response involved a multi-agency operation to extract the injured person from strand at Wicklow harbour. The man was taken to hospital for further treatment. This was also the first call out for our new inshore lifeboat Dennis-Audrey, which was officially named earlier this month.’


RNLI Media Details

For more information please contact Tommy Dover, Wicklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0872509407 or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email

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