'Our future is safe in their hands': Cork teens praised for role in double rescue

'Our future is safe in their hands': Cork teens praised for role in double rescue

Crosshaven lifeboat, Crosshaven RNLI and the Rescue 117 helicopter were tasked to the scene.

LATEST: A GROUP of Cork teeneagers have been commended for the part they played in a dramatic double rescue this evening. 

Crosshaven Coastguard, Crosshaven RNLI and the Rescue 117 helicopter were tasked to the scene after a father and his 9-year-old son got into difficulty in the water in the Ringabella/Fountainstown area.

When volunteers of Crosshaven lifeboat arrived at the scene, the adult had been taken from the water by a RIB which responded to the Coast Guard PAN PAN radio call and was handing the casualty into the care of Crosshaven Coast Guard at Fountainstown beach. The boy was also safe. 

"The RIB which responded was crewed by five 16 year olds who were fishing in White Bay when they heard the PAN PAN call and responded immediately to the incident," RNLI Crosshaven said in a Facebook post. "Coincidentally, three of the RIB crew have RNLI connections. Jamie Venner is the son of Ian Venner who was also the Helm on tonights service, Cillian Foster is a brother to Caomhe Foster who is also Crosshaven RNLI crew and Richard McSweeney is the son of former Baltimore RNLI crew member Ciaran McSweeney. The other crew on board were Kate Horgan and Harry Pritchard.

"Crosshaven RNLI commends the five youngsters for acting so professionally and swiftly in rescuing the casualty in need. Our future is safe in their hands." 

The Crosshaven RNLI crew on duty for the incident were Helm Ian Venner with Aoife Dinan, Susanne Deane and Jon Bermingham. Launch crew was Gary Heslin and Richie Leonard.

EARLIER: A FATHER and son have been airlifted to Cork University Hospital after being rescued from the sea off Cork.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public who saw the two in trouble in the water at Fountainstown, just before 7.30pm.

It is understood the nine-year-old child had an inflatable device which was swept out to sea in strong currents. His father rushed to help him but also got into difficulties.

Crosshaven Coastguard, Crosshaven RNLI and the Rescue 117 helicopter were tasked to the scene after the onlooker called 999. 

The National Ambulance Service and gardaí also responded to the call and there were traffic delays in the area as a result.

Several onlookers saw the incident unfolding and went to help. Local people also responded to a radio call out for help from Valentia coastguard.

The two were brought quickly to shore and were then airlifted to Cork airport where they were then handed over to the HSE for transport to CUH.

They were being treated for possible hypothermia.

A spokesman for Valentia Coastguard said the incident was quite serious but the man and child are in good condition following the rescue.

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