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Sunday 23 October 2016

Passerby helps save two teenage swimmers stranded at Bundoran

Published 17/05/2015 | 12:19

Bundoran RNLI
Bundoran RNLI

Two teenagers were rescued off the coast of Donegal in Bundoran after they got into trouble while swimming.

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The Malin Head Coast Guard dispatched an Bundoran RNLI lifeboat and the Sligo based Rescue 118 Helicopter after a member of the public spotted the two were in trouble.

The emergency call was received just after 7.40pm after the 999 caller threw a ring buoy, located on the Roguey walk, to the two teenagers.

Minutes later the Bundoran lifeboat was in the water en route to the scene whilst other volunteer crew members went to the diving boards area by shore.

As there was a heavy swell running, the lifeboat was forced to sit off Roguey as the shore crew gave an update from the scene.

The teenagers managed to made it to safety thanks to the ring buoy.

The Rescue 118 Helicopter arrived on scene moments later, landing on the beach to allow a paramedic to check over the teenagers before they were given the all clear.

Speaking on their return to the lifeboat station volunteer Killian O’Kelly said: "The two lads were very lucky that they were spotted so quickly by the person on the golf course and that the ring buoy was available so close to where the incident happened – otherwise we could have had a very different outcome."

"We would remind swimmers to be mindful of conditions they are setting out into and to passers by if you see anyone in trouble at the coast please dial 999 or 112 immediately."

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