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Bundoran RNLI and Emergency Services Respond to Mullaghmore Water Rescue

Lifeboats News Release

At 10:33 am, Bundoran RNLI was called to assist in a water rescue in Mullaghmore, Sligo


Bundoran Lifeboat

At 10:33 am, Bundoran RNLI was called to assist in a water rescue in Mullaghmore, Sligo. A casualty had fallen from a boat and was struggling in the water. The alarm was raised by a passerby who heard calls for help and dialed 999.

The Bundoran RNLI lifeboat, helmed by Brian Gillespie with crew members Richard Gillespie, Oisin Cassidy, and Fergal Mullen, launched within four minutes and headed to the scene, approximately six miles away.

Fortunately, passersby managed to help the casualty out of the water and onto land before the arrival of the emergency services. The Bundoran RNLI shore crew arrived shortly thereafter, followed by the lifeboat team, who administered first aid to the casualty.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118, was also dispatched to the scene but was stood down once the National Ambulance Service transported the male casualty to hospital for further treatment.

Brian Gillespie, Helm of Bundoran RNLI, said: "We wish the casualty a speedy recovery and thank our colleagues at Rescue 118 and the National Ambulance Service for their prompt assistance."

Speaking following the call out, Daimon Fergus, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: "If you get into difficulty in the water, it’s important to remember not to panic and to utilize the RNLI Float to Live campaign: tilt your head back and submerge your ears, relax and try to control your breathing, move your hands to help you stay afloat, it’s OK if your legs sink, everyone floats differently."

For more information, please contact:

Bundoran Press Office Breffni Gorman [email protected] 0851507860

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