Skerries RNLI rescue mother and child blown out to sea

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI were tasked on Thursday (18 August) evening following 999 calls to Dublin Coast Guard reporting a mother and child on a paddle board being blown out to sea near Balbriggan.

Skerries RNLI approaching the Paddle Board

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI approaching the Paddle Board

The volunteer crew in Skerries launched the lifeboat within minutes of the pagers sounding shortly after 8pm. The position they had been given was one mile North of Bremore point in Balbriggan and approximately 200 metres off shore.

Arriving on scene, the volunteer crew quickly spotted the casualties and moved the lifeboat alongside them. Having confirmed that they were unable to make their way back to the beach, both mother and child were taken on board the lifeboat, along with their paddle board. The crew carried out a quick first aid assessment and decided that the best course of action would be to bring them back to the warmth of the lifeboat station for further observation. Once ashore in the boathouse, they were checked over by a local GP, who also happened to be one of the crew on board the lifeboat.

They did not require any further medical assistance and were soon able to leave the station safe and well when a family member arrived to collect them.

Conditions at the time were a force five westerly wind with a moderately choppy sea.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘We have responded to a number of paddle board instances off Balbriggan this summer with offshore breezes making it difficult if not impossible to get back to the beach. Thankfully in this case they did the right thing in staying on the board and waiting for help to arrive. Remember, if you see someone in difficulty on or near the water, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard’

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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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