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Helvick Head RNLI rescues man from water at Helvick pier

Lifeboats News Release

Helvick Head RNLI rescued a man who got into difficulty in the water at Helvick pier early this morning (Sunday 11 September).

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 7.12am following a report of a potential tragedy at Helvick Pier.

On arriving at the car park, the crew observed a crashed car. The lifeboat took to the water immediately and within seconds shore helpers spotted a casualty in the water.

Once on scene with the casualty, crew members Shane Breathnach and Dónal Ó Faoláin entered the water to assist. The casualty who was struggling to stay afloat was helped into the lifeboat where he was treated for hyperthermia by Helm Shay Young and crew member Cathal Reilly.

The casualty was returned to Helvick Lifeboat Station where he was cared for until the ambulance arrived and he was transeferred to hospital.

 
Speaking following the call out, Helvick Head RNLI Helm Shay Young said: 'It was a close call this morning and we would like to commend local fishermen Barty Whelan and Richard Tobin who were active on the shore in raising the alarm, spotting the casualty and remaining on site.  Once on scene it took all four of us aboard the lifeboat to bring the man in and do what was necessary. We would like to wish the casualty a full recovery following his ordeal.'

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