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Coastal Walking Safety Reminder After Two Washed 15ft Off Arklow Pier By Large Wave

23rd December 2019
Arklow RNLI in the Co Wicklow town’s harbour on a calmer day Arklow RNLI in the Co Wicklow town’s harbour on a calmer day Photo: RNLI/Nicholas Leach

Volunteers from Arklow RNLI were called to the scene where two people were injured after a wave swept them from the upper deck of a pier in the Co Wicklow town yesterday (Sunday 22 December).

As TheJournal.ie reports, it’s understood that a large wave crashed against the harbour wall and washed two people from the top of the pier 15 feet to the lower deck.

Neither individual was washed into the sea but both were hospitalised for treatment. Community safety officer Mark Corcoran reminded the public to ‘stay back, stay high and stay dry’ when walking near the coast.

The incident came just hours after the lifeboat charity and the Irish Coast Guard issued their annual safety message for the Christmas and New Year period.

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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