Thursday 25 December 2014

Four people rescued by Coastguard after woman swept into cave

Published 03/07/2014 | 07:56

RNLI Volunteer crew
RNLI Volunteer crew

FOUR people were rescued by the emergency services after getting into difficulty on a beach.

One woman was swept into a cave - and the other three people got into difficulty whilst attempting to rescue her.

Wicklow RNLI were called out at 3.39pm yesterday afternoon when a woman 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.

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.

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.”

Irish Independent

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