Skerries RNLI tow broken down jet ski with two on board to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI towed a jet ski with one man and one woman on board to safety this evening (Friday 26 June) after they broke down near Barnageeragh beach.

Skerries RNLI crew after dropping the jet ski at the slipway

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI crew after dropping the jet ski at the slipway

Shortly after 5pm, the volunteers launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat following a 999 call to Dublin Coast Guard from a jet ski that had broken down.

The position was given as south of Balbriggan, so the crew set a course towards Barnageerah beach and then worked their way north towards Balbriggan harbour searching for the jet ski.

They located the casualty in shallow water near a large rocky outcrop between Barnageerah and Balbriggan. The man and woman were taken on board the lifeboat and assessed. With neither requiring any immediate casualty care treatment, the jet ski was taken under tow and they were returned safely to the slipway at the lifeboat station in Skerries.

There was a slight swell at the time with a force two to three east to south-east wind.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘You never know when something is going to go wrong, so we’d like to remind anyone going to sea to carry a means of contacting the shore to call for help.’

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