Bundoran RNLI in rescuing woman caught in rough seas and rip current
Bundoran RNLI took part in the rescue of a woman who found herself in difficulty off the main beach of Bundoran early yesterday morning (Sunday 10 October).
The volunteer crew were asked to launch their inshore lifeboat by the Malin Head Coast Guard shortly after 8 a.m. following a report that a swimmer was missing off the beach main. The alarm was raised by a member of the public.
The weather conditions were bad at the time with cool winds and rough seas.
The lifeboat helmed by Richard Gillespie and with three crew on board, immediately took off and headed for the scene where, on arrival, they found that the victim had managed to make it back to shore but that she was exhausted. Before the lifeboat arrived, a member of the public who spotted the struggling victim, grabbed a lifebuoy and entered the water knee-deep to meet and assist the victim.
Two lifeboat crew members went ashore and began administering casualty care while Bundoran RNLI’s shore crew and members of the public also assisted.
The Irish coast helicopter, Rescue 118 from Sligo, was also loaded and on arrival the woman was then transferred and airlifted to Sligo University Hospital as a precaution.
Bundoran RNLI volunteer Killian O’Kelly reminds anyone considering entering the water at this time of year to take extra precautions to ensure their safety: “This was Bundoran’s second call RNLI in just over a week to swimmers who got caught in the return currents and luckily either way everyone is safe. However, we want to remind anyone planning a trip to the beach or enters the water, as the weather conditions have changed now that the summer is over. There is more swell and more wind so the resulting risks may increase. Seasonal lifeguards who allegedly patrolled the beach during the summer are not there during the fall and winter months so it is important to be extra careful.If you go swimming, check the weather forecast and tide times in advance and try not to go swimming. go alone.Always think about use a tow float and wear a brightly colored cap to increase your visibility.
“Avoid areas where you see breaking waves, unless you have the experience or knowledge of the beach you are on. Reverse currents can be difficult to spot and are notoriously dangerous. Even the most experienced beach goers and swimmers can get caught with rips and our advice if you get caught in a rip don’t try to swim against it or you will burn out. If you can stand up, wade and don’t swim. If you can, swim parallel to the shore until there are no more tears, then head to the shore. Always raise your hand and cry for help. If you see someone who you think might be in trouble, don’t delay, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.