Skerries RNLI Respond to reports of people stranded on Colt island

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI were tasked this afternoon (Tuesday 01 February), shortly after 5pm, to investigate reports of two people stranded on Colt island off Skerries.

Skerries RNLI recovering the lifeboat after the call out

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI recovering the lifeboat after the call out

Dublin Coast Guard had received several 999 calls from concerned members of the public reporting that two people appeared to be stranded on the island. The volunteers in Skerries launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat “Louis Simson” and headed directly for Colt island.

As they arrived on scene the crew could see that the tide was especially low and the waters around the island were very shallow. The two men were making their own way ashore and were almost back on the beach. The lifeboat updated Dublin Coast Guard and stood by until the men were safely ashore. The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to the station.

Conditions at the time were force three westerly wind with a slight chop.

Skerries Coast Guard unit were also on scene on the shore.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘Our volunteers are always ready to drop what they are doing and respond to a call for help. Thankfully on this occasion it was a false alarm with good intent. The members of the public were genuinely concerned for the two men and did the right thing in dialling 999 and asking for the Coast Guard’

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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