Skerries RNLI and Clogherhead RNLI assist two adults and three children stranded
Shortly before 3pm this afternoon (25 May) Skerries RNLI and Clogherhead RNLI launched their lifeboats after Dublin Coast Guard received 999 calls regarding a number of people stranded on rocks near Mornington beach.
Both lifeboats were launched by the volunteer crews and immediately proceeded towards the location given by the caller. The Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116, the Drogheda Coast Guard boat, and a Coast Guard land unit were also tasked, with all assets arriving on scene in minutes.
Two women, a man and three children were located on the breakwater on the Mornington side of the river Boyne. The women and children had managed to climb up onto the rocks after they were pulled out to sea by a strong current, the man had come to their assistance. Working together, Skerries RNLI and Drogheda Coast guard used their boats to transfer the woman and one of the children to Clogherhead lifeboats All Weather Lifeboat for a possible transfer to the helicopter. However, after consultation with the woman and Rescue 116, it was decided to bring them to a waiting ambulance on Mornington pier to be assessed and treated for their injuries
The two inshore boats then recovered the remaining casualties from the rocks and brought them to be checked out by ambulance paramedics. The lifeboat crew were informed that another child had also been in the water and had suffered cuts and bruises, however, they had made it back to shore with assistance from one of the adults. That child was picked up from the beach, with another adult and brought for assessment by the ambulance crews.
At the time there was a slight sea swell with a force four southerly wind.
Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘Any incident involving multiple casualties has the potential to be serious. This was another great example of how well our volunteers work alongside our colleagues from our flank stations, from the Coast Guard and indeed all the emergency services. We hope all the casualties involved make a full and speedy recovery.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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