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Skerries RNLI respond to reports of stranded fisherman

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI launched yesterday morning (02 September) after the Coast Guard received a call from a member of the Gardaí that a fisherman was stranded on rocks near Balbriggan.

Shortly after 11am yesterday morning Dublin Coast Guard received a call from a member of the Gardaí that a fisherman had been cut off by the rising tide and was stranded on rocks at the shoreline near Ardgillan Park, just south of Balbriggan. Skerries RNLI were tasked and the lifeboat was launched with volunteer Robert Morgan at the Helm and crewed by David Knight, Gerry Canning and Jack Keane.

The lifeboat proceeded directly to the area indicated by the caller, heading initially towards a well-known outcrop of rocks that extends out a distance into the sea.

Once on scene the crew began an initial search of the area. They then noticed a Garda on the shore waving to attract their attention. The lifeboat was manoeuvred in very shallow waters against a strong breeze to be close enough to shore for a member of the crew to go ashore and speak to them. It transpired that the fisherman, once alerted to his predicament by the Gardaí had waded ashore and was no longer in danger.

The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

Speaking about the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘In this case, the man hadn’t even realised that he had been cut off by the rising tide and was in a dangerous situation. Thankfully the Gardaí on were able to alert him and he managed to wade ashore. If you see anyone in danger in or near the water, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard’


RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Gerry Canning Skerries RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer on 087 988 4965 email gerryjcanning@gmail.com or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

Volunteer crew member spots Garda waving.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Volunteer crew member spots Garda waving.
Volunteer crew member going ashore.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Volunteer crew member going ashore.

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