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Youghal RNLI called out twice in 24 hrs to reports of a missing swimmer and to t

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were paged at 4.01pm on Friday 18 September to reports of a missing swimmer at Caliso Bay and again at 9.35 am this morning (Saturday 19 September) to reports of a small boat in trouble at Eastern point in Youghal harbour.

RNLI/Elizabeth Stepney-Power

Launching at the request of the Coast Guard within minutes of the pagers going off on Friday the inshore lifeboat arrived quickly at the scene, where a crew member immediately spotted the casualty in the water, the man was brought on board the life boat where CPR was started and continued as the lifeboat returned to the station.

Back at the station the crew transferred the man into the boathouse and continued with CPR until the ambulance arrived to continue care. Unfortunately, the man was pronounced dead by a doctor shortly afterwards.

Speaking after the call out Lou Stepney- Power, Youghal RNLI volunteer press officer said: ‘All members of Youghal RNLI would like to offer their sincere condolences to the man’s family and friends at this sad time’. She continued ‘I would like to thank all the lifeboat and medical crew involved today for their efforts in a difficult situation’

The pager sounded again 19 hours later at 9.35 am (Saturday 19 September). The crew launched the lifeboat to reports of two people in a small boat with engine trouble at eastern point of Youghal Harbour. The 2.4 metre boat was experiencing difficulty in a force 4 off shore wind on a falling tide. On arrival of the lifeboat, the people on board had managed to resolve the engine problem and no longer needed the assistance of the lifeboat. The crew returned to the station were the lifeboat was recovered and made ready for service again.

Mark Nolan, Youghal RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘it’s important when participating in any water sport to check the forecast and tides before going out on the water, to always carry a form of communication with you and like the two people today to always wear a lifejacket’

If you find yourself or see someone in trouble on the water, please call 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Notes to editors

Photo Credit Derry Walsh

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For more information please telephone Lou Stepney, Youghal RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 086 893 0572 or [email protected] or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or [email protected]

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