Bundoran RNLI responds to two calls for assistance
Bundoran RNLI responded to two calls for assistance yesterday (Sunday 22 July).
The volunteer lifeboat crew was first requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 10am following a request by the Irish Coast Guard to go the aid of an angling boat with two men onboard that had got into difficulty when the boat’s propeller got tangled in lobster pots just off Bundoran.
The lifeboat helmed by Killian O’Kelly and with three crew members onboard, launched in good weather conditions and made its way the short distance to the scene. Having assessed that those onboard were safe and well, the lifeboat crew worked with the two men to free the boat and tow it safely back to shore.
Later in the day, the pagers sounded once again at 4.30pm, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard for the lifeboat to go to the assistance of a man who had taken ill on a yacht off Mullaghmore. The lifeboat helmed on this occasion by Brian Gillespie and with three crew members onboard, launched immediately and made its way to the scene.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118 from Sligo was also tasked.
On arrival, the lifeboat crew assessed the man before taking him onboard the lifeboat and administering casualty care. Once ashore, the man was treated for the effects of sea sickness but was otherwise safe and well.
Speaking following the call outs, Tony McGowan, Bundoran RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘We were delighted to be of assistance to both groups yesterday and glad that the outcomes resulted safely. We would remind everyone visiting the sea and enjoying Bundoran this summer to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket, always carry a means of communication and always let someone ashore know where you are going and when you are due back. Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
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