Friday 15 December 2017

Two women rescued after becoming surrounded by tide on Dublin's Sandymount beach

Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Two women have been rescued by lifeboat after they became surrounded by the incoming tide while on a walk on Sandymount beach.

The incident happened just after midday today when the walkers raised the alarm by 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 Irish Coast Guard and they attempted to walk to shore as quick as they could, but they were soon waist deep in the sea and the tide was rising faster then they could walk.

Their phone then became waterlogged but they had already given their location to the Coast Guard who in turn contacted the life boat station in Dun Laoghaire.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter at Dublin Airport was also tasked and both arrived on scene at 12.15pm.

The Lifeboat crew reached the pair and walked the remaining 50-metres with life-jackets for the two walkers. They were then brought by lifeboat to Dun Laoghaire.

Neither was harmed though First Aid for a minor injury was given to one of the walkers.

The Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard Unit attended at the RNLI station and brought the casualties back to their car at Sandymount by road.

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