Youghal RNLI called to reports of a child in the water and a person on the rocks

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Youghal RNLI were requested to launch today (Saturday 19 September) at 3.42 pm to reports of a child in the water at Ardmore and another person entering the water to assist

RNLI/Kevin Daly

The inshore lifeboat was stood down at 3.51 pm as the child had been taken from the water. The crew from Rescue Helicopter 117 were quickly on scene and transported the child to an awaiting ambulance at Waterford airport.

Earlier, at 12.06 pm the crew were paged by the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) to reports of a person on the rocks at Easter Point.

The volunteer crew launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and arrived at the scene a few minutes later. On arrival it was established that the person was out kayaking with a friend and had decided to explore the rocks and did not need any assistance from the lifeboat.

Derry Walsh, Youghal RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'Fortunately in this case, this person did not need our help, but it is important for the public to know that if they see anything concerning on or near the water to call 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard, it is always better to be safe than sorry' He added ‘I would also like to thank the crew’s, we have responded to four call outs in 24hrs, I think that could be a station record.’

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Photo credit Kevin Daly

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