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Skerries RNLI rescue swimmer in difficulty at Shenick island

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI rescued a swimmer in difficulty this afternoon (11 April) after he encountered a strong tide near Shenick island and was unable to make his way ashore.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI shortly before 12pm on this afternoon, after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public who had spotted a swimmer struggling to make any progress against the tide at Shenick island off Skerries.

The volunteers launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson with David Knight at the Helm and with crew members Philip Ferguson, Joe May and Laura Boylan also on board.

The lifeboat proceeded to the area indicated by the caller, where a Coast Guard Helicopter had also arrived on scene. They took the swimmer, a male, on board the lifeboat, protected him from the elements, and began first aid assessments as they made their way back to the station.

The casualty had swallowed seawater during his efforts to swim to shore and as a result, on the advice of the crew, he was transferred by ambulance to hospital for further assessment.

Speaking after the call out, Gerry Canning, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ‘We’ve had a couple of tidal related incidents in the last few days. We’d just like to remind people that the strength and height of the tide varies throughout the month. We would strongly recommend checking tide tables before engaging in any activity on or near the sea.’


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