Skerries RNLI responds to reports of fisherman in the water

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI were tasked on Saturday (17 September) afternoon after Dublin Coast Guard received reports from kayakers that a vessel had sunk off Loughshinny and a man was in the water.

Skerries RNLI recovering debris from the sunken vessel

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI recovering debris from the sunken vessel

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat “Louis Simson” was launched by the volunteers in Skerries shortly before 3pm when Dublin Coast Guard asked them to investigate reports of a man in the water clinging to debris.

The lifeboat navigated around the headland at red island, through the islands off Skerries and proceeded directly to Loughshinny harbour. As they were arriving on scene, they received updated information to say that the man had been picked up by another fishing boat from Loughshinny and was ashore safely.

One of the volunteers on the lifeboat at the time is a local doctor, so the lifeboat proceeded into Loughshinny so that he could carry out an assessment of the man, however no further medical assistance was required.

At the request of Dublin Coast Guard, the crew then located the sunken vessel, a razor fishing boat, and recorded the GPS co-ordinates before recovering any large debris floating on the surface to prevent any further hazards to navigation.

As the boat was on its way back to the station, one of the volunteer shore crew spotted a member of the public having a medical emergency beside the station. The woman and her family were brought into the station where the volunteers began to administer first aid and called for an ambulance. The lifeboat arrived back and dropped the doctor on board ashore to help with the emergency in the station.

Skerries Coast Guard unit were also on scene and assisted with the casualty care before managing the traffic for the ambulance and assisting with the recovery of the lifeboat to the station.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘We are very proud of our volunteers for their vigilance and professionalism in two very different but equally stressful situations. We also saw another fine example of all the emergency services working together, with volunteers and professionals seamlessly pulling together to try and ensure the best outcome.’

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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