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Arklow RNLI rescues lone swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

Following a pager alert at 10.22pm on Saturday (9 June), Arklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched following a report of a lone swimmer in difficulty and being carried out to sea.

RNLI/Mark Corcoran

The report had come in via a concerned member of the public who had been out walking at North Quay. The member of the public had no phone and headed to the end of the North pier where some fishermen called 999 and alerted the Gardaí and the Coast Guard, who in turn tasked Arklow RNLI to launch.

Following the launch the lifeboat and her crew were underway and enroute to the casualty within minutes. Some fishermen and others on the quayside had maintained eye contact with the swimmer and were able to give the lifeboat volunteers assistance with location. In rapidly darkening but calm conditions the lifeboat crew located the casualty approximately a quarter mile south of Arklow harbour and using the Rescue A Frame were able to recover the now tiring swimmer.

Following the recovery, the swimmer was brought ashore at Arklow Lifeboat station and was handed over to the care of the waiting ambulance crew and Gardaí.

The swimmer was found to be in good spirts and was transferred home a short time later.

Following the incident, Mark Corcoran Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said: ‘We would like to thank the member of the public and the fishermen who were out on North Quay last night, their early call for help allowed our volunteers to be able to make good time in getting to and recovering this casualty. We would like to encourage people to always remember to carry a means of calling for help and if they do spot anyone in the water who might be in difficulty to always call 999 or 112 and ask for Coast Guard.’

Further water safety information can be found at www.respecthewater.com

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