Busy weekend for Skerries RNLI
Skerries RNLI volunteers were paged four times over the weekend, including back to back call outs on Sunday (14 August) afternoon.
Shortly before 3pm on Sunday afternoon the volunteers launched the lifeboat having been tasked by Dublin Coast Guard to respond to reports of a kayaker missing off Balbriggan. As they were approaching Balbriggan harbour, the lifeboat received an update from the Coast Guard that the person had been located safe and well. Both Skerries RNLI, and Clogherhead RNLI, who were also responding as they were on the water when the alarm was raised, were stood down.
The lifeboat had just been recovered to the apron at the boat house in Skerries when they were requested to launch again immediately. Dublin Coast Guard had received a distress call from a RIB that had suffered engine failure near Lambay island.
As they were navigating toward Lambay, the crew received an update that another vessel, a tender to a local yacht, was standing by the boat until the lifeboat arrived, and had provided updated GPS co-ordinates of their position. The lifeboat navigated to the position given and was on scene in minutes. There were 5 adults on board and after a quick check that everyone was safe and well, the vessel was taken under tow.
While the tow was underway, another local yacht, this time with a member of Howth RNLI on board, contacted the lifeboat and offered to take over the tow as they were headed for Howth, the home port of the stricken vessel.
The lifeboat was carefully positioned alongside the yacht and the tow was passed over. The volunteer crew then headed for home to make the lifeboat ready for the next service.
On Saturday (13 August) afternoon, shortly before 1pm, Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI following a 999 call from the public reporting that a child had been cut off by the tide and was stranded on the rocks near Balbriggan harbour.
As they were arriving on scene, the crew received an update that some swimmers had assisted the person safely to the shore. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to the station in Skerries to be washed down and made ready for service.
The pagers sounded again for the volunteers shortly after 5pm on Saturday following reports of a missing person, however they were located almost immediately, and the volunteers were stood down before the lifeboat was launched.
Speaking about the call outs, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘We’ve had an incredibly busy couple of weeks now, responding to calls at all hours of the day. It really highlights the dedication and commitment of all the volunteers at the station.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email [email protected] or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or [email protected]
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