Skerries RNLI rescue father and son stranded on Shenick island
Skerries RNLI were tasked by Dublin Coast Guard this afternoon (Tuesday 27 October) following two 999 emergency calls reporting that there were people on Shenick island cut off by the rising tide.
The pagers sounded at 3pm and within minutes the volunteers had launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat “Louis Simson”. The lifeboat proceeded directly to Shenick island where they began a search of the coastline. They soon spotted two individuals on the beach near the submerged bar between the island and the mainland. The lifeboat was maneuvered into the shallow waters, close enough to send a crew member ashore to further assess the situation.
Following the advice of the crew, the two individuals, a father and his teenage son, were brought aboard the lifeboat and taken back to the south beach in Skerries where they had left their belongings. The lifeboat returned to the station and was washed down and decontaminated to make it ready for the next launch.
At the time there was a force four to five south westerly wind with a slight sea swell.
Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘We appreciate that people are keen to get out and explore the coastline near them at this time, however we would remind everyone to always keep a means of contacting the shore with them and to check the local tides before setting out. ’
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.