Dun Laoghaire RNLI assists woman and her dog at Merrion Strand

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI and Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116

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Dun Laoghaire RNLI and Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116
The alarm was raised by the woman at 10.20am and Dun Laoghaire RNLI was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard.

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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