Clifden RNLI assists two walkers cut off by the tide at Omey Island
Clifden RNLI came to the aid of two walkers who got cut off by the tide yesterday evening (Sunday 11 April).
The volunteer crew were requested to launch the lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 5.50pm following a report that two people were stranded on Omey Island.
The inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat helmed by Kenny Flaherty and with three crew members onboard, launched immediately and made its way to the scene.
Weather conditions at the time were good with a northerly Force 5 wind.
Once on scene, the lifeboat crew checked that the two people were safe and well before proceeding to transfer them on to the lifeboat and bring them back to shore at Claddaghduff.
Speaking following the call out, John Brittain, Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘The two walkers were not in any immediate danger and we were happy to help and bring them safely back to shore.
‘We would remind locals and visitors to always check tide times and heights before venturing out and to always make sure you have enough time to return safely.
‘If you do get cut off by the tide, it is important to stay where you are and not attempt a return to shore on your own as that may be when the danger presents and you get into difficulty. Always carry a means of communication and should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
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