Sligo Bay RNLI involved in rescue of swimmer in Rosses Point
Sligo Bay RNLI was involved in the rescue of a swimmer in Rosses Point yesterday evening (Wednesday 15 July)
The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to launch their inshore lifeboat at 8pm and go to the aid of a swimmer in difficulty off the first beach in Rosses Point.
When the lifeboat arrived at the scene, the crew observed that the swimmer was being helped by other swimmers and kayakers who were nearby at the time.
The swimmer was then taken aboard the lifeboat and brought back to the lifeboat station where they were transferred into the care of a waiting ambulance.
Following assessment the casualty was brought to Sligo University Hospital for further treatment.
Speaking following the call out, Aisling Gillen, Sligo Bay RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'We would like to wish the swimmer a speedy recovery and commend everyone involved in the rescue as the sea conditions at the time were very choppy and this could have had a very different outcome.
'As the summer continues, we would remind everyone to always respect the water. Always check weather and tide times before you go, if swimming, never swim alone, and should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.