Dun Laoghaire RNLI assists woman and her dog at Merrion Strand
Dun Laoghaire RNLI assisted a woman and her dog yesterday morning (Wednesday 16 May) after they were cut off by the rising tide at Merrion Strand.
Weather conditions at the time were good; the day was sunny with a fresh north easterly breeze.
The woman had called the Coast Guard when she realised the incoming tide had surrounded her. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 from Dublin was also tasked and airlifted the woman and her dog safely to shore.
Once on scene, the lifeboat helmed by Paul Cummins and with two other volunteer crew members on board, stood by until the casualty had been safely airlifted.
Speaking following the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Helm Paul Cummins said: ‘Merrion Strand is a busy beach and predominantly used by walkers as it is not ideal for swimming. While walking on our local beaches is very popular, we would encourage everyone to be mindful and respect the water. The tides are always changing so it is always a good tip to check weather and tide times before your walk.’
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For more information please contact Sarah Hipwell, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0878078688, email Sarah_Hipwell@rnli.org.uk or Jessica Lamb, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 0879427870, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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, in a normal year, 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.