Ballycotton RNLI launched to report of a swimmer in difficulty off Ballycroneen

Lifeboats News Release

Ballycotton RNLI's all-weather Trent class lifeboat Austin Lidbury was launched at 7.02pm this evening (Thursday 16 September) following a request from Valentia Coast Guard and a report of a swimmer in difficulty at Ballycroneen beach.

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Conditions at the time were cloudy with northerly winds and reduced visibility due to fading light.

Crosshaven RNLI was also requested and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 from Waterford was also tasked but all crews were stood down shortly after once reports were received that the swimmer had made it safely back to shore by themselves.

The volunteer crew from Ballycotton RNLI returned safely at 7.45pm.

Speaking following the call out, Gail Matson, Ballycotton RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'We would remind everyone to respect the water, to understand the risks and to stay safe. Never swim alone. If you see someone in trouble, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard. Consider wearing a wetsuit and bright coloured hat and take a safety buoy for longer swims.'

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