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Wexford RNLI respond to two callouts back to back

Lifeboats News Release

Wexford RNLI responded to two callouts back to back on Sunday (13th August). The lifeboat crew were about to finish towing two people on board a boat with engine failure when they were tasked to two girls who were in the water 200m off Rosslare strand.

Wexford RNLI on route to rescue

RNLI/Lorraine Galvin

Wexford RNLI on route to rescue
Lifeboat helm Damien Foley and volunteer lifeboat crew Ger Doran and Donal Troddyn were first tasked with assisting two people whose boat suffered engine failure inside Wexford harbour at 1.08pm. The lifeboat crew arrived on scene at 1.18pm and after assessing the situation, they decided the safest option was to secure a tow to the casualty vessel and bring the people safely ashore.

At 1.53pm, just as Wexford Lifeboat was a few hundred metres from shore, the Irish Coast Guard tasked them to reports of two girls in the water off Rosslare Strand. The lifeboat crew were able to bring the people ashore before turning around to be en route to Rosslare, within minutes of the tasking.

Conditions at the time were good, with a South Westerly force three wind and rising tide. Rosslare Harbour RNLI were also tasked to the incident. While on way to Rosslare point, Wexford RNLI were informed that another paddleboard user had assisted in the rescue and the girls were safely ashore.

Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat was asked to search and recover the lost paddleboard in case it was spotted later and reported again. Wexford Lifeboat crew were then stood down and returned to station at 2.27pm. Shore crew was Simon Gulliver and launch authority was Dave Dempsey.

Speaking following the call out, Wexford RNLI Helm Damien Foley said: 'Both incidents resulted in good outcomes. If anyone sees a person in difficulty on or near the water, please dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


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