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Kinsale RNLI rescue three swimmers and a horse in one day

Lifeboats News Release

Kinsale RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were involved in two rescues today (Sunday 17 February), the first involving a horse and the second was to assist three young men swimming around Sandycove Island.

Late in the afternoon the lifeboat launched following reports that a swimmer had sustained a knee injury after entering the water near cliffs off the island, a popular site with open-water swimmers. When the lifeboat arrived on the scene, the lifeboat crew lifted the casualty and two other swimmers into the lifeboat where they were assessed. They were brought back to the station where a further medical assessment was conducted by trained RNLI personnel and nurse Emer Scannell (who was visiting a crew member). The casualty was later taken by ambulance to hospital.

Earlier in the day, the Kinsale lifeboat crew rode to the rescue of a horse named Paddy that got into difficulties in the Bandon River. The horse’s hoof was trapped in the framework of an oyster bed, requiring a member of the volunteer crew to dive under the water and release the panicked animal. After several attempts, Paddy was safely returned to the shore, much to the relief of his owners.

Kevin Gould, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Kinsale RNLI lifeboat station, said: 'We urge everyone to exercise extreme caution on or near the water, particularly at this time of year. On days like today our RNLI training proves invaluable and we are all relieved that both call-outs ended well. Today’s rescues give a new meaning to the expression ‘surf and turf’.'


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For more information please contact Tricia Tyson Kinsale RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer email: Tel: 083 1529282 or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email:

Casualty lying in bottom of boat

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Casualty Sam Van Deventer brought to safety by Kinsale RNLI volunteers

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Casualty being treated by nurse Emer Scannell, who was visiting a crew member

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Casualty being helped into the station by volunteer crew member

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Kinsale RNLI lifeboat arrives to rescue Paddy the horse who was trapped on an oyster bed

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Two crew members entered the water to free Paddy's hoof that had become wedged in a submerged metal grid

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Paddy is led away by his relieved owners after the lifeboat crew managed to free him

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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