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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Three teenagers rescued after becoming stranded in heavy fog by incoming tide

Emma Jane Hade

Published 22/07/2014 | 22:29

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Three teenage girls were rescued from a popular beach after they became “disorientated” in heavy fog that descended upon the coast.

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They were walking along the popular Sandymount Strand in Dublin and called the emergency services for help after their visibility was seriously impaired due to the weather conditions.

Members of the Dun Laoghaire RNLI, Gardai and the Coastguard attended the scene on the south Dublin coastline shortly before 6.30pm yesterday evening.

The all-weather and inshore lifeboats were dispatched as the girls had become surrounded by water in the area as temperatures had begun to drop. About 10 minutes after the boats were launched the girls heard the noise of the search teams and they were able to call out to them.

All were brought to shore safe but extremely cold, after heroic efforts from the rescue crews who had just 100 metres of visibility in front of them.

Mark McGibney, the Dun Laoghaire RNLI Coxswain, praised the young women for remaining calm in the incident.

“The teenagers were out for a walk when they were caught out by a rolling fog and a fast incoming tide,” he said.

“If they had walked in the wrong direction they could have quickly become out of their depth, instead they made the right decision and called for help. In this case, thankfully it ended well.”

In a separate incident this evening, a 15-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital after she broke her leg in a fall in the Bullock Harbour area of Dalkey, Co Dublin. The Coast Guard has warned of the dangerous conditions that sea fog creates with warm sea and land temperatures.

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