Friday 19 December 2014

Dramatic footage released of RNLI cave rescue

Published 04/07/2014 | 10:21

The RNLI have released new footage of the emergency rescue of four people in water off an Irish beach.

Wicklow RNLI were called out at 3.39pm Wednesday afternoon when a woman was spotted in difficulty in the water off Silver Strand beach.

She was swept into a cave but was assisted out by a member of the RNLI who swam into the cave to help her.

This video clip shows the actions of the brave crew members as they fought high winds and strong waves to reach the woman.

She was brought on board a lifeboat and the crew started to administer first aid, as she was showing signs of hypothermia. She was then transferred to shore and met by an ambulance.

However the lifeboat was then contacted again because two people who had earlier tried to assist the first casualty had injured themselves on rocks while trying to return to the beach.

The lifeboat crew were joined on the scene by the Dublin Coast Guard helicopter and the two people were winched on-board and taken to hospital.

The attached footage shows this second rescue as crew members scale down the winch to the rocks to secure the injured parties.

A crew member was then made aware of a fourth person who needed assistance after they became unwell following their attempt to also go to the aid of the first casualty.

The casualty be transferred by lifeboat and was taken ashore and met by ambulance.

Commenting on the day’s events Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Des Davitt said: “This was an extremely busy afternoon for the lifeboat crew. What started as a callout to assist one person in trouble turned into a series of events which led to four people needing urgent attention.

“It is very easy for people to get themselves into difficulty while they are at the beach and the rescue services are trained and available to deal with these situations.”

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