Skerries RNLI responds to report of people in danger from rising tide

Skerries RNLI returning to station after callout


Skerries RNLI were requested to launch by Dublin Coast Guard yesterday evening (24 June) following a call from a concerned member of the public regarding a group of people walking back to shore from Shenick island.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat, Louis Simson, shortly before 9pm and proceeded directly to scene. The caller had reported that the group were attempting to walk ashore from the island and were already in water up to their waists. However, shortly after arriving on scene, communication was received from Skerries Coast Guard that the people in question had made it safely to shore.

Before returning to base, Skerries Coast Guard also requested the lifeboat to check on another group of people who were on the shoreline of Colt island. This turned out to be a group of kayakers who were simply having a rest so the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

Speaking afterwards, Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer said: ‘It’s not unusual for people to get caught out by the quickly rising tide. We would encourage people to check the tide tables and always allow plenty of time to get to where you are going safely.’.