Kilrush RNLI launch to report of partially submerged camper-van with two onboard

Lifeboats News Release

Kilrush RNLI's volunteer crew launched this morning (Wednesday 31 July) to a report that a camper-van had been caught out by the tide and was partially submerged, with the two occupants making their way to the roof for safety.

Kilrush Lifeboat on training exercise.

RNLI/Andrew Walker

At 5.04am Kilrush RNLI launched at the request of Valentia Coast Guard to assist the two occupants of a partially submerged camper-van that got into difficulty due to rising tides at Carrig Island, Co. Kerry. Both casualties made their way to the roof of the camper-van as tides continued to rise around them.

Kilrush RNLI's inshore lifeboat arrived on scene at 5.26am where Kerry Fire Service and an Garda Síochána personnel had assisted both casualties from the roof of the camper-van to an awaiting ambulance. Kilrush RNLI was stood down at 5.33am and returned to station.

Commenting after the call out, Charlie Glynn, Kilrush RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'We ask that people respect the water and check the time and height of tide before venturing out, and also be aware of your surroundings and the tide’s direction. Tides have a reputation for being unpredictable, but really they follow a timetable more reliable than most trains. A shoreline can be a vast playground but the tide can come in surprisingly quickly. Ensure that you have a fully charged mobile phone, or some other means of calling for assistance, in case you get into difficulty.'


Kilrush Lifeboat Station.

RNLI/Andrew Walker

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