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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Walkers and body boarder rescued

Conor Feehan and Pat Flynn

Published 14/03/2016 | 02:30

A spokesman for Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat said the two women were a half-mile offshore when they noticed the tide rising around them. Photo: PA
A spokesman for Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat said the two women were a half-mile offshore when they noticed the tide rising around them. Photo: PA

Two beach walkers and a body-boarder had to be rescued in separate operations by the emergency services.

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In Dublin, two women walking on Sandymount Strand were cut off by the tide at around midday yesterday and had to be rescued. The walkers were only saved because they raised the alarm using a mobile phone.

A spokesman for Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat said the two women were a half-mile offshore when they noticed the tide rising around them.

One of them rang the Coastguard and they attempted to walk to shore as quickly as they could, but were soon waist-deep and the tide was rising faster than they could walk.

A lifeboat crew reached the pair and brought them ashore. Neither was harmed, although first aid for a minor injury was given to one of the walkers.

The RNLI said this was the third such incident in the area this year.

Meanwhile, a man was airlifted to hospital yesterday after being injured while body-boarding on a world-famous wave off Co Clare.

The man, aged in his 30s, was injured in Ballard Bay near Doonbeg around 9.30am and was air-lifted to hospital in Limerick.

Ballard Bay is home to Reilly's Wave, one of the best known waves in the world that attracts professional surfers and body boarders from across the globe.

Irish Independent

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