Kilrush RNLI launch to report of partially submerged camper-van with two onboard
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.
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.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.