Surfers rescued after being caught in a rip current off popular West Cork beach

Surfers rescued after being caught in a rip current off popular West Cork beach
Pictured here are similar conditions the lifeboat faced off Inchydoney today, conditions that the crew train in regularly in order to be ready and competent when the call comes. Image: Inchydoney Inshore Lifeboat Association.

Two surfers were rescued earlier today after they got caught in a rip current off the eastern beach at Inchydoney. 

Shortly after 1pm this afternoon, Inchydoney Lifeboat 'Realt na hInse' launched to the aid of two surfers who had signalled to a lifeguard on duty that they were in trouble. 

The surfers, one male and one female, had raised the alarm by waving to the lifeguard.

In a statement posted to social media, Inchydoney Inshore Lifeboat Association said the quickest way to rescue the surfers was by launching Inchydoney Lifeboat, which was at the time on standby on the eastern beach.

"The two Inchydoney Lifeboat crew members had the boat in the water in less than two minutes, in challenging surf conditions quickly reached the casualties and recovered them and their surfboards into the Lifeboat.

"The crew then continued out through the breaking surf and once out of the whitewater turned back in towards the shore, landing safely on the eastern beach.

"The two casualties were then delivered into the care of the lifeguards who proceeded to deliver their post rescue checks," the Lifeboat Association said.

The boat was then returned to its standby position on the eastern beach.

Inchydoney Inshore Lifeboat Association said that the surfers were "shaken by the incident" and admitted they had been "caught out by the conditions".

"We at Inchydoney Lifeboat were happy to be able to rescue these visitors to Inchydoney today.

"The boat and crew performed well, while the decades of training, understanding and cooperation with the lifeguard service resulted in a rescue plan been set in motion swiftly and effectively," they said.

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