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Clifden RNLI assist three walkers cut off by the tide at Omey Island

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard at 1.45pm today following a report that three people were stranded on Omey Island.

RNLI/Mella Walsh

Clifden RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

Clifden's Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched by volunteer Helm, Kenny Flaherty, with Joe Acton and Neill Gallery as crew. Weather conditions today were good with calm seas and the lifeboat crew had no difficulty locating the walkers on Omey Island. The casualties were found to be well and did not require medical assistance. They were returned to the shore at Claddaghduff where Cleggan Coast Guard provided further assistance.

Speaking after the shout, Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Operations Officer John Brittain said; 'We would remind locals and visitors to always check tide times and heights before venturing out to Omey and to always make sure you have enough time to return safely.

'If you do get cut off by the tide, it is important to stay where you are and not attempt a return to shore on your own as that may be when the danger presents and you get into difficulty. Always carry a means of communication and should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


RNLI/Nigel Millard

Kenny Flaherty, Clifden RNLI Helm

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