First Call out of 2015 for Skerries RNLI

Skerries RNLI Atlantic Lifeboat 85 Louis Simson

Photo: Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI


Skerries RNLI were tasked for the first time in 2015 on Thursday morning (08 January) following reports of a swimmer in difficulty.

Skerries RNLI volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat Louis Simson at 11.30am following a call to Dublin Coast Guard from a concerned member of the public about a swimmer in difficulty off Red Island headland in Skerries.

The lifeboat, with Joe May at the helm and crewed by David Knight, AJ Hughes and Stephen Crowley launched and proceeded directly to the area indicated by the Coast Guard.

 Arriving on scene it was discovered there was a local swimming group ashore after returning from a swim. After speaking to the group the volunteer crew were assured that everyone was accounted for. The lifeboat performed a precautionary sweep of the area before being stood down and returning to station. The Coast Guard rescue helicopter R116 was also on scene and carried out a search before returning to base.

Speaking after the call out, Gerry Canning , Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ’Thankfully in this case our assistance wasn’t required. However, the member of public had good intentions and we would always advise people to dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard if they think they see someone in difficulty at sea.’