Monday 23 April 2018

Swimmer in difficulties finds way to safety at Brittas Bay

The all-weather lifeboat races to Brittas Bay
The all-weather lifeboat races to Brittas Bay

Both of Wicklow RNLI's lifeboats were launched on Sunday after a swimmer got into difficulty at Brittas Bay.

The Dublin based Coast Guard rescue helicopter, Coast Guard shore unit and an ambulance crew were also tasked to the incident at the popular tourist location.

The first reports received stated that a male out swimming a short distance from the beach was struggling in the water and needed assistance.

However, as the RNLI crews travelled to the scene they received confirmation that the stricken swimmer managed to make it ashore.

He was located by the Inshore Lifeboat at the south end of Brittas Bay beach. The crew administered initial casualty care and first aid before the man was handed over to paramedics.

'Thankfully the swimmer was OK after his ordeal and required no further medical attention after being assessed by the Paramedics,' said Tommy Dover, Wicklow RNLI Press Officer.

The all weather lifeboat crew consisted of second coxswain Ciaran Doyle, mechanic Tommy Murphy, Tommy McAulay, David O' Leary, Lisa O'Leary, Kevin Rahill and Terry Sillery.

The crew on the inshore lifeboat were helm Dean Mulvihill, Ian Thompson and John Stapleton.

Wicklow People