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Stranded walkers at Barnageeragh beach winched to safety

Ireland News
25 Jan 2021, 17:10 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - The Skerries Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crew has had a busy weekend responding to calls to stranded walkers on Friday and a missing swimmer on Sunday.

Shortly before 4:30pm on Friday afternoon the Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI following a call from the gardai reporting that a number of people had been cut off by the rising tide on Barnageeragh beach.

The lifeboat was launched and proceeded to the area. The crew quickly spotted one adult and 3 children at the base of the cliff above the waterline. The lifeboat was manoeuvred as close as possible before one of the volunteers was sent ashore to assess the situation.

No-one was injured, however, conditions in the area were very poor due to a large number of submerged rocks covered in seaweed and algae. Following a consultation with members of the Skerries Coast Guard unit who were at the top of the cliff, it was decided that due to the falling temperatures and rapidly fading light, the safest option would be to request the assistance of the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116.

The crew member stayed with the victims to reassure them and keep them calm until the helicopter arrived.

The casualties were winched aboard the helicopter and taken to their base at Dublin Airport. The lifeboat recovered their fellow crewman before returning to the station and preparing the lifeboat and station for the next call. The victims were later returned home safe and well.

On Sunday, the volunteer crew were paged again shortly after 12.30pm following a call to Dublin Coast Guard from a concerned family member when a swimmer in Skerries had not returned at the expected time.

The lifeboat launched immediately and made it's way around the headland to the swimming platform known locally as The Springers. Upon arrival it was quickly established that the swimmer had since made it safely ashore. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to the station.

(Photo Credit: RNLI/Gerry Canning).

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