Skerries RNLI assist periwinkle pickers stranded by rising tide

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Skerries RNLI assisted three periwinkle pickers who were in danger of being completely cut off by the rising tide on their return from Shenick island off Skerries on Friday evening (24 October).

Skerries RNLI volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat “Louis Simson” at 6.30pm yesterday evening (Friday 24 October) following reports to Dublin Coastguard from members of the public that several people appeared to be stranded on Shenick island. The lifeboat, with David Knight at the Helm and crewed by Eoin Grimes, Peter Kennedy and Stephen Crowley proceeded directly to Shenick island. The lifeboat was carefully manoeuvred into the shallow waters near the island. Two crew members made their way ashore to assess the situation. The three periwinkle pickers were then assisted in wading through the water back to shore by the crew, with the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 providing illumination from their powerful search lights. Skerries Coast Guard unit were waiting ashore to offer any further assistance required.

At the time of the launch there was a force one to two Northerly wind with calm seas.

Speaking after the call out, David Knight, Volunteer Helm for Skerries RNLI said: ’We would remind anyone planning on walking along the shore or around the coast to make sure that they check the local tidal information before setting off. ’