Youghal RNLI called out to assist swimmers in difficulty

Youghal RNLI called out to assist swimmers in difficulty
Youghal RNLI. Photo credit Mark Nolan

The volunteer crew of Youghal RNLI were tasked by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to respond to reports of a swimmer in difficulty last night.

The swimmer was reported to be around half a mile off shore at the Front Strand.

The crew launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat in calm conditions at 8.23pm, and subsequently received a report of a second swimmer entering the water to assist the first swimmer and getting into difficulty.

A spokesperson for the RNLI said both swimmers managed to make it ashore without any assistance from the crew.

The lifeboat made a general search of the area before returning to the station where the Atlantic 85 was cleaned, refuelled and made ready for service with the support of the awaiting shore crew.

Speaking after the call out, Youghal RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority Mark Nolan said: “Swimming in open water is very different from swimming in a pool. Unseen currents, cold water and waves make open water swimming more challenging. Even the strongest of swimmers can tire quickly. Remember to always tell someone where and when you are going swimming, and if you see anybody in trouble in the water call 112/999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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