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Bundoran Lifeboat Rescues Surfer In Difficulty

11th August 2014
Bundoran Lifeboat Rescues Surfer In Difficulty

#RNLI - A surfer got into difficulty on Saturday evening (9 August) at Tullan Strand in Bundoran and was being swept out to sea when a member of the public spotted the situation and called the emergency services.

Two other surfers went to his aid while the pagers of the volunteer crew of the Bundoran lifeboat were set off at 6.05pm, five minutes later the lifeboat was in the water proceeding at full speed to the scene.

Arriving at Tullan Strand, the three surfers from Dublin were quickly located with the help of RNLI shore crew who had been deployed by land. The lifeboat took all three on board and proceeded back to the lifeboat station.

The casualty had taken on a lot of water and had oxygen administered to him on his return to the lifeboat station, where a waiting ambulance transferred him to Sligo General Hospital for further observation.

Bundoran RNLI volunteer crewman Brian Faulkner said: "Once again we are thankful to a member of the public who called the coastguard and made the alert.

"A lot more people are using the water in these good weather conditions and we’d like to remind everyone to be safe in the knowledge that if they do get into trouble in the water that we are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard if you see anyone in difficulty in the water or on the coast."

Meanwhile, a boat at anchor caused the volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI to launch again yesterday evening (10 August) just after 8.30pm.

The boat had been spotted near Mermaid’s Cove at Mullaghmore with nobody on board and had caused concern, prompting the lifeboat to launch and check it out.

On reaching the scene, the crew of the lifeboat found that another boat had commenced towing the anchored boat. However, the towing boat had fouled its prop and they themselves then required assistance to get back to the harbour.

The lifeboat crew duly obliged and took the boat under tow and the four persons on board back to the harbour. The initial boat was also tied up.

"We were in the right place at the right time," said volunteer RNLI helm Kealan McNulty. "There was no immediate danger but we were happy to be on hand and help out."

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
MacDara Conroy

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