Skerries RNLI responds to reports of a swimmer in difficulty

Skerries RNLI Atlantic 85 Louis Simson


Skerries RNLI launched its inshore lifeboat shortly before 5pm this afternoon (Wednesday 26 June) to reports of a swimmer in difficulty between Shenick and Colt islands just off the headland in Skerries.

A member of the public raised the alarm after the swimmer, one of a group of four that had been swimming in the area, appeared to be making no progress swimming back to shore against a very strong tidal current.

The lifeboat helmed by Philip Ferguson and with volunteer crew members Peter Kennedy and Paddy Dillon on board, were on scene within three minutes of launching.

The crew found that a local man who had been out kayaking with his son had already come to the aid of the swimmer, helping them make their way safely to shore.

With confirmation that the swimmer didn't require further assistance, the lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

Speaking afterwards, helm Philip Ferguson said: ‘There can be some very strong currents in the area, particularly with the Spring tides we have at the moment. People can get caught out quite easily. Thankfully the swimmer was ok in this instance and didn’t require any further help.’