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Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescues man found clinging to capsized boat in Dalkey

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Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescued a man this afternoon (Monday 15 July) who was found clinging to his capsized boat off Dalkey.

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Dun Laoghaire RNLI inshore lifeboat

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 3.52pm following a report from the Irish Coast Guard that a boat had capsized and a man was in the sea off Dalkey. Several members of the public had reported seeing the man in difficulty and raised the alarm.

The weather conditions were good and there was clear visibility.

The lifeboat launched immediately helmed by Gary Hayes and with two other crew members onboard, Paul cummins and Ronan Adams.

Arriving on scene, the crew observed that a local fisherman was assisting the casualty by keeping him afloat from his boat(5.5m) with the aid of a boat hook. The crew proceeded to take the man out of the water and assess his condition before administering casualty care.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 from Dublin was also tasked and met the lifeboat crew at Collimore Harbour in Dalkey where the man was given more casualty care. A local doctor was also present at the scene and assisted the casualty until the ambulance arrived minutes later. He was subsequently transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital for further treatment.

Commenting after the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Helm Gary Hayes said:

‘This was a tremendous effort from all involved. We would like to extend our praise to the members of the public who alerted the emergency services as quickly as they did. We also want to thank the local fisherman for his help in this rescue and for his efforts to saving a life.’


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