Tramore RNLI goes to the aid of two swimmers in difficulty off Tramore Beach
Tramore RNLI were involved in the rescue of two swimmers who got into difficulty off Tramore Beach this evening (Friday 9 June).
The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at the request of the Irish Coast Guard following a call from a family member stating that her mother and brother were in difficulty off the Ladies slip in Tramore.
Pagers alerted the crew at 5.37pm and the D-class lifeboat helmed by Dave O’Hanolan and with crew members Ronan McConnell, Noirin Phelan and Will Palmer onboard, launched minutes later at 5.42pm and made its way to the casualties reported position.
The weather conditions at the time were described as sunny and warm with 2-3ft surf and a brisk east to north easterly wind.
On arrival, the lifeboat crew observed both casualties in the water with the male casualty keeping the female afloat. The mother and son had got caught in a rip current while swimming.
As they were close to the beach, two members of the public who spotted the pair in difficulty had gone into the water with a life ring and assisted in the recovery of the man while the woman was subsequently rescued by the lifeboat crew.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 117 from Waterford which was exercising four minutes away, attended and their winchman, a paramedic, was lowered onto the beach to assess the casualties. Both were found to be shaken but otherwise safe.
Speaking following the call out, Tramore RNLI Helm Dave O’Hanolan said: ‘Time was of the essence this evening and we would commend the family member who raised the alarm and the members of the public who with safety in mind first, used a life ring before entering the water. The efforts of everyone this evening resulted in a life saved.
‘As we continue to enjoy some good weather, we would encourage anyone planning a trip to the coast or an activity at sea to always go prepared by wearing a lifejacket or suitable flotation device and to always carry a means of communication.
‘For swimmers or anyone getting into the water, we would remind people that rip currents can be difficult to spot but are sometimes identified by a channel of churning choppy water on the sea’s surface. Even the most experienced beachgoers can be caught out by rips. The best way to avoid them is to choose a lifeguarded beach and to always swim between the red and yellow flags which have been marked based on where is safer to swim in the current conditions. This also helps you to be spotted more easily should something go wrong. If you do find yourself caught in a rip, don’t try to swim against it or you will get exhausted. If you can stand, wade don’t swim. If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore or raise your hand and shout for help.’
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