Skerries RNLI respond to reports of swimmer in difficulty

Skerries RNLI recover their Atlantic 85 lifeboat after being stood down Small


Skerries RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat on Saturday afternoon (23 July) after Dublin Coast Guard received a call from a concerned member of public about a swimmer in difficulty.


The lifeboat launched shortly after 12.30pm with Philip Ferguson at Helm and crewed by Emma Wilson, Steven Johnson and AJ Hughes. A member of the public had called Dublin Coast Guard and reported that a swimmer was having difficulty returning to shore at the swimming area known locally as The Captains.

The lifeboat was on scene in minutes, however there was no sign of any swimmers in the area. Before a search could be started Dublin Coast Guard received a second call to confirm that the swimmer had made it ashore and was safe and well. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Speaking after the call out, Gerry Canning, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ‘The member of the public who called Dublin Coast Guard was genuinely concerned for the swimmer and was right to make the call. Thankfully in this case our assistance wasn’t required, but our volunteer crew are always ready to respond to anyone in difficulty at sea.’