Howth RNLI rescue two people cut off by tide and stranded on rocks
Howth RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 3 March) to reports of two people stranded on rocks in Balscadden Bay.
The RNLI pagers sounded at 1.58pm after a call was placed to the Irish Coast Guard reporting two people stranded on rocks at the base of the cliffs in Balscadden Bay.
Howth RNLI volunteer crew members launched their inshore lifeboat within 12 minutes of getting the call and proceeded to the area and quickly located the casualties at the base of the cliffs.
The casualties were taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over and were both in good spirits, unharmed by the incident and returned safely to shore at Howth Lifeboat Station.
They confirmed that they were tourists visiting the area and got caught out by the incoming tide while walking at the base of the cliffs.
The wind was Force 3 and the sea state was calm at the time.
Speaking following the call out, Killian O’Reilly, Howth RNLI inshore lifeboat helm said: ‘We were delighted to assist the tourists after they found themselves in difficulty. They did the right thing and called for assistance and remained calm. As visitors to the area they were unfamiliar with the tides and location. We were pleased to drop them back ashore safe and sound and hope they enjoy the remainder of their visit to Ireland.’
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.