Sunday 21 October 2018

Courtown RNLI issue warning for August bank holiday

'Take care on water' message

Sam Kennedy from Courtown RNLI
Sam Kennedy from Courtown RNLI

Sara Gahan

Courtown RNLI have issued a major warning for those travelling by water this August bank holiday weekend.

Sam Kennedy from Courtown RNLI is urging people to be vigilant and to take care on the water and along the coastline, noting that last August volunteer crew members helped keep a 13-year old girl with suspected spinal injuries afloat for 40 minutes off the coast of Ardamine.

The girl, who was wearing a life-jacket and wetsuit, fell off an inflatable donut while was being towed by a jet-ski before the rope caught in the intake pipe which disabled it. Her father swam out to her, and stayed with her until the lifeboat arrived.

'I just want to get the message out there to people with boats and jet skis to please be aware of the dangers,' said Sam. 'Just simply stop and think of your own life that you are putting at risk and those around you.'

Sam said if someone sees something out in the water and is unsure if it is someone in danger or not, do not be afraid to pick up the phone and all the RNLI station.

'It is better we go out and not be needed, than unsure and sorry,' he added.

The August bank holiday can be an extremely busy time for coastal areas, but Sam said once people are aware and take the right precautions then they should not have a problem.

Gorey Guardian