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First call out of 2018 for Skerries RNLI volunteers as flares reported

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI volunteers pagers sounded for the first time in 2018 yesterday evening (21 January) after Dublin Coast Guard received a number of reports of a flare being sighted near Shenick Island and tasked the lifeboat to investigate.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI Launching The Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

Shortly before 9pm Dublin Coast Guard received a number of calls from members of the public reporting the sighting of a flare near Shenick Island.

Volunteers from Skerries RNLI launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat “Louis Simson” with Joe May at the Helm and crewed by David Knight, JP Tanner and Jack Keane. Conditions at the time were fair with a force two to three southerly wind.

The lifeboat proceeded to Shenick Island where they began a sweep of the immediate area to locate any casualties. With nothing spotted they then illuminated the island using a white parachute flare, but again there was no sign of any persons on or near the island. After a further search further up the coast towards Loughshinny, and satisfied that there was nobody in danger, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘Thankfully on this occasion, nobody was in danger and the call was a false alarm with good intention. Our volunteers are always ready to respond to the any call for help and in cases like this it’s better to be safe than sorry. We always encourage anyone who thinks someone might be in danger on the water to dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard’

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