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RNLI Called Out to 'Forty Foot' Swimmer on Dublin Bay

18th November 2018
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Dun Laoghaire's RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out to a swimmer on Dublin Bay today. Lifeboat cre onboard were (left to right) Damien Payne, Laura Jackson and PJ Gallagher Dun Laoghaire's RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out to a swimmer on Dublin Bay today. Lifeboat cre onboard were (left to right) Damien Payne, Laura Jackson and PJ Gallagher

Dun Laoghaire's RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to a swimmer this morning by Dublin Coastguard in choppy conditions on Dublin Bay.

Launching into rough conditions on Scotsman's Bay, the small D class boat, with three RNLI lifeboat crew onboard, made its way to a position off the Forty Foot bathing spot on the south side of Dublin Bay where a number of swimmers and canoeists were braving the Winters waters in the relative shelter of Sandycove Harbour.

DBSC Turkey shoot sailing 0481Rough conditions at the Forty Foot bathing place Photo: Afloat.ie

Dun Laoghaire's D class lifeboat is highly manoeuvrable and usually operates closer to shore than the RNLI all-weather lifeboats that is also on station at Dun Laoghaire. The D class comes into her own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water and confined locations - often close to cliffs, among rocks and even inside caves.

On scene, off the Forty Foot, the RNLI boat assisted a swimmer in difficulty to the shore and the outcome could have been more serious without their intervention.

As noted by Dun Laoghaire Coastguard, the experienced swimmer put into action the advice given by the Irish Coast Guard and RNLI in recent PR campaigns, in which the swimmer did not panic, did not fight the water & floated on their back, while awaiting for assistance.

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