Skerries RNLI assists 25ft whale off Gormanston beach

Joe May Skerries RNLI Helm assists in rescuing beach whale


Skerries RNLI assisted a 25 foot whale back out to sea this morning (Thursday 20 June) after it was found on Gormanston beach in county Meath.

The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat shortly after 10am following a report that the whale had become beached.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard which subsequently requested the lifeboat to launch.

Weather conditions at the time were described as calm with a force two to three wind.

The lifeboat helmed by Joe May and with crew members Emma Wilson, AJ Hughes and Laura Boylan onboard, made its way to the scene where Joe then got into the sea and helped manoeuvre the whale back into deeper water.

Skerries RNLI then shadowed the whale guiding it out to sea, preventing it from turning back to shore by positioning the boat in its way. The lifeboat did this for about 25 minutes until the mammal was well clear of the shore.

Other agencies on scene included Skerries Coast Guard, the Irish Army based at Gormonston, the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group, Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116.