Skerries RNLI rescue three men and one woman caught in rip current

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Skerries RNLI responded this afternoon (12 May) to reports of swimmers in difficulty off a local swimming area known as The Springers.

 

The pagers sounded shortly before midday after Dublin Coast Guard received reports that a number of swimmers were caught in a rip current and were unable to get back to shore.

 

Skerries RNLI volunteers launched the lifeboat with David Knight at the Helm and crewed by Philip Ferguson, Emma Wilson and AJ Hughes.

 

Arriving on scene the crew discovered that there were four casualties in the water spread over a large area in between Red Island headland and Colt Island. The lifeboat quickly began recovering the casualties into the lifeboat. With a large sea swell running and the casualties suffering from fatigue and early symptoms of hypothermia, it was necessary for one of our volunteers, Philip Ferguson to enter the water to assist them in getting on board.

 

Once all the casualties were on board the lifeboat returned to the station and recovered immediately to the warmth of the boathouse. Once inside the boathouse the casualties were monitored and treated for mild hypothermia but were all fit and well leaving the station.

 

Skerries Coast Guard unit and the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 were also tasked. The helicopter stood by while the lifeboat recovered the casualties from the water.

 

Speaking after the call out, Gerry Canning, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ‘Rip currents are a major cause of accidental drowning on beaches across the world. Even if you know an area well, the currents may change based on the weather and tides. The speed of response is crucial in cases like this and our volunteers did an excellent job in getting there as safely and quickly as possible. ’