Swimmer brought to safety by Wicklow RNLI
Wicklow Inshore lifeboat went to the assistance of a swimmer who got into difficulty while participating in an open sea race near Wicklow harbour this afternoon (Saturday 23 June).
The volunteer lifeboat crew were on exercise nearby when the call for assistance came in, they quickly located the casualty and he was taken from the water. The swimmer was experiencing breathing difficulties, so oxygen was administered while the lifeboat returned to shore.
The casualty was handed into the care of an Ambulance crew and Paramedic on arrival at Wicklow harbour.
Speaking after the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer, Tommy Dover said: ’The swimmer was checked by the Paramedic and thankfully did not require any further medical care, so he was reunited with his family a short time later.’
The crew on the callout were Helm Alan Goucher, John Stapleton and Ian Heffernan.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland