Wicklow RNLI assist swimmer in difficulty at Brittas Bay beach
Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats launched this afternoon (Sunday 24 September) to assist a swimmer in difficulty at Brittas Bay.
The Dublin based Coast Guard rescue helicopter, Coast Guard shore unit and an Ambulance crew were also tasked to the incident at the popular tourist beach.
The first report stated the man was swimming a short distance off the beach, but further reports stated he managed to get ashore.The inshore lifeboat crew located the man at the South end of Brittas beach, they administered initial casualty care and first aid until he was handed over to paramedics.
Speaking after the callout Lifeboat Press Officer Tommy Dover: ‘Thankfully the swimmer was ok after his ordeal and required no further medical attention after being assessed by the Paramedics.’
The crew on the callout were
Second Coxswain Ciaran Doyle, Mechanic Tommy Murphy, Tommy McAulay, David O’ Leary, Lisa O’ Leary, Kevin Rahill and Terry Sillery.
Helm Dean Mulvihill, Ian Thompson and John Stapleton.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.