Both Clifden RNLI lifeboats were launched to reports of a young child that had been swept out to sea on his surfboard while at the beach with his family in Renvyle shortly after 4.30 pm yesterday.
The offshore wind conditions had changed extremely quickly and the child began to drift further and further away from the shore.
While the RNLI lifeboats were en route to the scene, a local fisherman had made his way to collect the casualty and brought him safely back to shore where he was reunited with his mother.
With the June Bank holiday and fine weather approaching, Community Safety Officer with Clifden RNLI Miryam Harris said ‘With the beautiful weather at the moment, we would encourage everyone to be safe in their seaside activities.
Be sure to check the tides and wind forecast regularly as conditions can change so quickly.
Always try to do your activity with another person, have a means of calling for help with you and wear a life jacket appropriate to your activity. We are all very relieved at the outcome of this launch and well done to the fisherman who came to the aid of this family’.