Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lucky escape for dad and daughter

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

A man and his daughter escaped injury when they were rescued as waves crashed over a pier.

The pair were walking on the east pier at Howth, near Dublin, at high tide when they got stranded and were forced to take shelter from breaking waves.

Fred Connolly of Howth RNLI said that they were lucky to have taken shelter as they would have most definitely been washed into the sea while trying to make their way back.

"We would urge caution when people are out walking near exposed areas such as piers or cliffs as the waves can be quite high and powerful," he said.

There was no serious injury but the man and the girl, who is believed to be eight years old, were extremely cold and wet.

Earlier, a lone sailor had to be airlifted from a yacht when he got into difficulties.

The dramatic rescue happened shortly before 7am about 38 miles east-south-east of Ballycotton off the Cork coast.

The yacht was sailed by two crew members aboard and the Ballycotton RNLI.

Irish Independent

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