Arklow RNLI launches to reports of swimmers in difficulty at Arklow South Beach
Arklow RNLI launched on today (Sunday 8 October) at approximately 11.00am following a pager alert by the Irish Coast Guard.
The volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station and within minutes of the request were aboard RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and en route to the reported location just outside Arklow Piers, near South beach.
Once on scene the lifeboat crew were made aware that there were two open water swimmers in the area, with another person on a paddleboard.
Thankfully, it was established that they were not in difficulty and the lifeboat stood by the swimmers as they completed their swim and returned to shore.
Initial reports had said there were swimmers in difficulty and shouting for help but once on scene, it was established they were communicating within the group and the shouts for help were misheard.
Following the callout , Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'In this case, it turned out there was no one in difficulty. However, we would always encourage anyone who suspects they have heard any kind of call for help to phone 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'
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For more information please telephone Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 086 8260439 or [email protected] or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or [email protected]
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates 46 lifeboat stations in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, the charity has save over 142,200 lives.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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