Two call outs in two days for Skerries RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI volunteer’s pagers sounded twice in two days as they responded on both occasions to reports of individuals in distress in or near the water. They were tasked early on Monday morning (19 January) and late on Tuesday (20 January) evening.

Skerries RNLI Launching their Atlantic 85 lifeboat on Tuesday evening.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI Launching their Atlantic 85 lifeboat on Tuesday evening.

Shortly after 4am on Monday morning Skerries RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat after Dublin Coast Guard received a call that a person in distress had entered the water near Laytown.

The lifeboat with Emma Wilson at the helm and crewed by Steven Johnson, JP Tanner and Paddy Dillon had just launched the boat when they were stood. A member of An Garda Síochána had managed to help the person ashore and handed them over to a waiting ambulance.

The lifeboat launched again on Tuesday evening shortly after 11.30pm, this time helmed by Peter Kennedy with volunteers Jack Keane, JP Tanner and Paddy Dillon on board. Concerns had been raised about a person who was in danger of entering the water near Bettystown. Again the lifeboat was stood down shortly after launching as shore based emergency services had taken the person into their care.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘It’s been a restless start to the week for our volunteers, but they are always ready to answer any call for help. The most important thing is that there wasn’t a tragic outcome in either case and we hope that the casualties make a full and speedy recovery.’

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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning Skerries RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer on 087 988 4965 email gerryjcanning@gmail.com or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789


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