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Wicklow RNLI assist swimmer in difficulty at Brittas Bay beach

Lifeboats News Release

Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats launched this afternoon (Sunday 24 September) to assist a swimmer in difficulty at Brittas Bay.

File photo of Wicklow all-weather lifeboat


File photo of Wicklow all-weather lifeboat

The Dublin based Coast Guard rescue helicopter, Coast Guard shore unit and an Ambulance crew were also tasked to the incident at the popular tourist beach.

The first report stated the man was swimming a short distance off the beach, but further reports stated he managed to get ashore.The inshore lifeboat crew located the man at the South end of Brittas beach, they administered initial casualty care and first aid until he was handed over to paramedics.

Speaking after the callout Lifeboat Press Officer Tommy Dover: ‘Thankfully the swimmer was ok after his ordeal and required no further medical attention after being assessed by the Paramedics.’

The crew on the callout were

All weather-lifeboat
Second Coxswain Ciaran Doyle, Mechanic Tommy Murphy, Tommy McAulay, David O’ Leary, Lisa O’ Leary, Kevin Rahill and Terry Sillery.

Inshore Lifeboat
Helm Dean Mulvihill, Ian Thompson and John Stapleton.

File photo of Wicklow Inshore lifeboat


File photo of Wicklow Inshore lifeboat

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