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Clifden RNLI rescue nine people stranded on Omey Island in poor weather

Lifeboats News Release

Clifden RNLI’s volunteer crew launched the Atlantic 85 in-shore lifeboat yesterday afternoon to assist nine people who were caught by the tide on Omey Island.

RNLI/Daniel Whelan

Malin Head Coast Guard requested assistance from Clifden RNLI just before 4pm yesterday (Monday 24 October) and the Atlantic 85 in-shore lifeboat launched immediately after under the command of volunteer helm, Kenny Flaherty.

Weather conditions at the time were poor with heavy rain however the nine people stranded on the island were found to be well and in good spirits. The lifeboat crew proceeded to make two trips with the casualties back to the shore at Claddaghduff and safely returned all nine people.

Speaking after the shout, Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Operations Officer John Brittain said; 'We would remind locals and visitors to always check tide times and heights before venturing out and to always make sure you have enough time to return safely.

'If you do get cut off by the tide, it is important to stay where you are and not attempt a return to shore on your own as that may be when the danger presents and you get into difficulty. Always carry a means of communication and should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


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