Wicklow RNLI respond to reports of swimmer in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow RNLI launched at 5:24pm this evening (Friday 26 June), following a Coast Guard Launch request.

Wicklow all-weather and Inshore lifeboats

RNLI/Tommy Dover

Wicklow all-weather and Inshore lifeboats

The all-weather and Inshore lifeboats were tasked to investigate reports of a person in difficulty in the water off Potter’s Point, near Brittas Bay Beach. Conditions during the launch were wind westerly force four with moderate sea and fair visibility.

Six minutes after launching the lifeboats were stood down by the Coast Guard and returned to station, after it was confirmed the person managed to get ashore safely.

This was the second callout in 24 hours for the Wicklow RNLI volunteer crew.

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