Achill Island RNLI launch to assist swimmer in difficulty at Mulranny
Achill Island RNLI were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to assist with a swimmer who got into difficulty at Mulranny yesterday evening, (Friday) 19 August.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged shortly after 6pm to assist with a man who had got into difficulty while swimming at Mulranny. The Sligo based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118, Achill Island Coast Guard and the National Ambulance Service were also requested to assist.
Sea conditions were moderate and the weather was a little overcast with good visibility at the time. The ‘Sam and Ada Moody’ launched with a crew of 7 on board and were at Currane Point when they were stood down. The man had been brought ashore by a local swimmer. He received treatment from a local GP before been stretchered to an awaiting ambulance.
Speaking after the incident, Achill Island RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, Eilish Power, said: ‘While our crew were stood down before reaching the casualty, we would remind people to never hesitate to ring 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard if they see someone needing assistance in the water. Our volunteer crew are always happy to respond to a call for help when requested.’
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