Skerries RNLI volunteers save man from drowning

Skerries RNLI Atlantic 85 Louis Simson


22 April


Skerries RNLI volunteers saved a man from drowning on Wednesday afternoon (22 April) as they were responding to an emergency call on their pagers.

Skerries RNLI volunteer crew Stephen Crowley was giving one of his fellow volunteers, helm David Knight a lift ashore from his own boat shortly after 5pm on Wednesday afternoon when the pagers were set off. As they made their way to the slipway at the back of the harbour to get to the lifeboat station they encountered a man in the water who had become separated from his personal watercraft and was struggling to stay afloat. They managed to get a rope around the man and help him onto the side of their boat and began bringing the man to shore.

As they approached the shore they were joined by 2 more volunteers, helm Philip Ferguson and crew Emma Wilson who were already fully suited up and were preparing the boat for launch when they saw the situation unfolding from the lifeboat station. The man was helped ashore and was assessed for any first aid requirement.

Speaking after the call out, Gerry Canning , Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ’Fortunately our volunteers were on hand almost instantly. It is important to remember that whatever your activity, wearing a well-fitted, and suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid, could save your life.’