First callout of 2016 for Skerries RNLI

Skerries RNLI En Route To Rush


Skerries RNLI responded to their first call out of 2016 this morning (02 January) as they launched to reports of swimmer in difficulty on the North beach in Rush.


The pagers sounded shortly before 10am after Dublin Coast Guard received reports that a man swimming at the North beach in Rush was having difficulty getting back to shore.


Skerries RNLI volunteers launched the lifeboat with Conor Walsh at the Helm and crewed by Paddy Dillon, Emma Wilson and Steven Johnston.


At the time there was a moderate sea swell and a force four easterly wind.


Skerries Coast Guard unit and the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 were also tasked. While the lifeboat was en route to Rush, a local person launched their sea kayak to provide assistance to the man and managed to help him to the beach. Skerries Coast Guard unit assessed the casualty and provided first aid before he was transferred by helicopter to hospital. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to base.


Speaking after the call out, Gerry Canning, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ‘We have had a lot of wind, rain and large seas lately. So we would advise everyone to exercise caution in or around the water. Even if you know an area well, the currents are likely to be quite different at the moment.’