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Bundoran RNLI rescues four people caught in rip currents off Main Beach

Lifeboats News Release

Bundoran RNLI has rescued three teenagers and a man in two separate incidents after they got into difficulty in rip currents off Main Beach.

Bundoran RNLI


Bundoran RNLI

The volunteer crew were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to launch their inshore lifeboat just before 4pm yesterday afternoon (Monday 4 September) after members of the public raised the alarm on seeing three people caught in a rip current. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118 from Sligo, the Gardai and the National Ambulance Service were also tasked.

Weather conditions at the time were warm and sunny with a large surf and 4-6ft waves.

The lifeboat helmed by Rory O’Connor and with crew members James Cassidy, Kealan McNulty and Finn Mullan onboard, made its way to the scene where on arrival, they observed three teenagers who had been dragged out towards Roguey Point, had managed to make their way onto nearby rocks. Shore crew guided them back to the beach where they were then checked over by ambulance paramedics but found to be safe and well.

Then, another call from the Malin head Coast Guard alerted the lifeboat to a second separate incident where a man had got caught in a rip current off Main Beach.

The lifeboat crew immediately diverted to the scene where on arrival, they found the casualty struggling in the conditions. He was rescued from the water and casualty care was administered on the lifeboat and back on the pier until the arrival of an ambulance. The casualty was then transferred to hospital for further treatment.

Speaking following the call out, Daimon Fergus, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘This was a challenging service for our crew today responding to back-to-back calls that resulted in a life saved and the rescue of three others. We want to wish all four well and send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the man in the second incident who was brought to hospital.

‘While we are enjoying some beautiful late summer sunshine, we are also experiencing some strong waves at sea. With the warm weather forecast for much of this week, we want to remind everyone to stay safe while visiting the coast and to be aware of the dangers. Where possible, always go to a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. If you can’t go to a lifeguarded beach, choose a sea pool instead for your swim.

‘Main Beach is notorious for rip currents so we would urge people to be mindful of that. If you do find yourself in a rip current, do not swim against or it or you will get exhausted. If you can, stand up and wade, or swim parallel to the shore until you are free of the rip, then head to shore. If you can, raise your hand and call for help – and remember, to Float to Live if you can’t make it back or become too tired. To do this, tilt your head back with ears submerged and try to relax and control your breathing. Use your hands to help you stay afloat and call for help or swim to safety if you can.’


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