Dun Laoghaire RNLI assists swimmer near forty foot at Sandycove
Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a lone swimmer who got into difficulty near the 40 foot at Sandycove, Co. Dublin.
The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) at 11.10am, Sunday November 18, following a report from the Irish Coast Guard.
The weather conditions were moderate with south easterly winds. However, there was a heavy swell in the area.
Within minutes of the launch, the lifeboat crew of three onboard had identified the location of the swimmer with the assistance of the public onshore.
The casualty was quickly recovered from the water and by 11.28am was safely ashore where he was assessed by lifeboat crew members, trained in casualty care.
The Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was requested a second time, immediately after this first incident upon another possible sighting of a swimmer in difficulty. Following a full search of the area, the lifeboat was stood down satisfied there were no additional swimmers in danger.
Commenting after the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Helm, Damien Payne highlighted the importance of knowing what to do if you find yourself in difficulty in the water.
‘When we arrived at the scene, it was clear that the swimmer had taken the right action, he did not panic. The quick response time of our crew was crucial combined with the assistance of the public who called this incident into the Coast Guard. This ensured a successful rescue could take place.’
RNLI media contacts
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 email@example.com. Or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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