Bundoran RNLI called to incident at Rossnowlagh Beach

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch to an incident at Rossnowlagh Beach on Sunday morning (17th May 2020) following reports of a man having collapsed near the water.

The Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat "William Henry Liddington"

RNLI/Nicholas Leach

The Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat "William Henry Liddington"

Paged just before 11am, by Malin Head Coast Guard, at the request of the National Ambulance Service, the four volunteer crew members made their way to the scene aboard the lifeboat, arriving at approximately 11:15am.

Shore crew were also dispatched by road to offer assistance to the ambulance crew on the beach and cleared a landing site for the Sligo based Rescue 118 helicopter which arrived a short time later.

The man was airlifted to Sligo University Hospital.

Speaking on returning to the lifeboat station, helm Brian Gillespie said ‘this was a great example of inter agency cooperation between the RNLI, Irish Coast Guard and National Ambulance Service. We would like to thank the passer-by who initially raised the alarm and we wish the gentleman a speedy recovery.’

If you see anyone in trouble on the coast ring 999 or 112 immediately and ask for the Coast Guard.

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