Skerries RNLI launch to swimmer in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI launched yesterday evening (Wednesday 21 April) following a 999 call to Dublin Coast Guard reporting a swimmer in difficulty near the Martello tower in Balbriggan.

Skerries RNLI Recovering Lifebuoy from Water

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI Recovering Lifebuoy from Water

The volunteer crew were paged shortly before 7pm and launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat “Louis Simson” within minutes and proceeded directly to the area indicated by the caller.

Arriving on scene, the crew discovered that the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 was already on scene. They were winching a man from the water and on to the beach where an ambulance crew and members of Dublin Fire Brigade were waiting to administer first aid. From there he was transferred to hospital for further care.

There were reports that other swimmers had entered the water to assist the casualty and a subsequent 999 call raised concerns that there may still be someone in the water. Rescue 116, Skerries RNLI and Skerries Coast Guard unit coordinated to carry out a search of the immediate area covering the water and the shoreline. The lifeboat investigated a number of objects at the request of R116, including a lifebuoy which they recovered into the lifeboat.

When Dublin Coast Guard was satisfied that the area had been thoroughly searched and there were no further swimmers in danger the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

At the time there was a force three to four easterly wind blowing and a slightly choppy sea.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘When a person is in trouble in the water every second counts. Rescue 116 were on scene very quickly and it was an excellent response from all of the emergency services who worked brilliantly together. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the man taken from the water and we hope he makes a full recovery”

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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email gerryjcanning@gmail.com 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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