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Skerries RNLI rescue man and woman and two dogs.

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI rescued a man and a woman and two dogs on Sunday evening (09 April) after they had been stranded on rocks by the rising tide in Loughshinny.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI rescue man and woman and their two dogs

Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI shortly before 9pm on Sunday evening, having received a 999 call from two people who had been cut off by the tide. The lifeboat was launched with volunteer Eoin Grimes at the Helm and crewed by Paddy Dillon, Emma Wilson and Peter Kennedy.

The crew made their way directly to Loughshinny harbour and began a search of the immediate area. They spotted the casualty on the rocks using the light on a mobile phone to signal for help. The casualties were taken on board the lifeboat and dropped back to the harbour where they were met by volunteers from Skerries Coast Guard unit.

Conditions at the time were moderate with a force three to four Northerly wind.

Speaking about the call out, Niall McGrotty, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Skerries RNLI said: ‘We’d like to remind everyone making the most of the coast in the good weather to always check the tides and forecast for the area and to carry a means of calling for help.’

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