View as PDF

Ballycotton RNLI rescues child after off shore wind pulls inflatable out to sea

Lifeboats News Release

Ballycotton RNLI rescued a child yesterday evening after an off shore breeze pulled her inflatable dinghy out to sea.

Ballycotton’s all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Eolan Walsh was launched at approximately 5.30pm (Thursday 4 August) after the nine-year-old girl got into difficulty on Ardnahinch beach, approximately 1.7 miles from Ballycotton.

The child was playing with an inflatable dinghy when she drifted out to sea. Valentia Coast Guard was quickly alerted and then requested the volunteer crew members from Ballycotton RNLI and Youghal RNLI to launch their all-weather and inshore lifeboats.

Although the weather conditions were calm, an off shore breeze caused the inflatable dinghy to drift out to sea with the girl onboard.

The Ballycotton inshore boarding boat was first to arrive on scene and was shortly followed by the all-weather lifeboat. The girl was brought onboard the inshore lifeboat where she was assessed and found to be safe and well but in a distressed state. She was assisted by the crew member and brought back safely to her parents on the beach.

Speaking following the call out Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh said: ‘This was a frightening experience for the young girl and her family and we would like to wish them all well following their ordeal. Thankfully, the alarm was raised quickly and the casualty was wearing a suitable buoyancy aid which attributed to a positive outcome.'

‘While the coast is a great place for young people and families to enjoy, we would remind everyone to respect the water, to understand the risks and to stay safe. When using a dinghy, always make sure you wear an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid; always carry a means of calling or signalling for help. Check the weather forecasts and tide times before you go and if on your own, tell someone about your plans – where you intend to go and when you expect to return, and know how to contact the Coast Guard.’

Ends


RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Michelle Scanlon, Ballycotton RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press on 0863528919, email mellsca@hotmail.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547, email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland