Helvick Head RNLI responds to false alarm with good intent

Lifeboats News Release

Helvick Head RNLI was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat this afternoon (Tuesday 20 September) following a report that a swimmer was in difficulty off Clonea beach.

Helvick Head RNLI

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Helvick Head RNLI

With calm seas and Force 2-3 south westerly winds, the volunteer crew launched the ‘Robert Armstrong’ lifeboat at 5.35pm following a request by the Irish Coast Guard. It followed a report from a member of the public that a swimmer was in difficulty near Ballinclamper, the southern end of Clonea beach.

The lifeboat, helmed by Alan Kelly and with crew members Joe Foley and Simon O’Hara onboard, made its way to the reported location arriving on scene at 5.40pm. However, the lifeboat was stood down as it transpired the male swimmer was snorkelling in the area and did not require any assistance.

Speaking following the call out, John Condon, Helvick Head RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘This call out turned out to be a false alarm with good intent but we would commend the person who raised the alarm, reporting what they perceived as someone in difficulty. It is always better to be safe than sorry, safety is always our priority.’

‘If you do get into difficulty or see somebody in trouble on the water or along the coast, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’


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