Wednesday 22 November 2017

Young tourists' lucky escape after they got cut off by tide on popular Dublin beach

(Photo: Facebook/Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard)
(Photo: Facebook/Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard)
(Photo: Facebook/Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard)

Zainab Boladale

Two young tourists had a lucky escape after they got cut off by the tide on a popular Dublin beach.

The two young people, from Finland, were walking on Sandymount Beach when they realised the tide had come in around them.

They were quickly sighted by nearby walkers who immediately raised the alarm.

Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard members received the call while training on the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

Upon arriving to Sandymount Beach, the team spotted people in the water. RNLI Dún Laoghaire Inshore Lifeboat and R116 were also requested to attend the scene.

Two Coast Guard teams made their way by foot to the safest point on the beach, but the casualties had managed to make their way to dry land.

(Photo: Facebook/Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard)
(Photo: Facebook/Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard)

They didn’t need any medical assistance, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.

Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard members helped the tourists by offering transport back to their accommodation.

"In the distance, it was a grateful sound to hear the engines of R116 making its way to us," the Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard wrote on their Facebook page.

Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard thanked everyone who had assisted in the call out. “It was an emotional but thankful sight to see our helicopter, R116 keeping an eye on us.”

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