Clifden RNLI respond to child swept out to sea

Date Published : May 29th, 2020    Published By : admin

A change in offshore wind conditions had changed extremely quickly resulting in a child on a surfboard being swept further away from the shore.

Shortly after 4.30pm yesterday, two Clifden RNLI lifeboats were launched to reports of the young child being swept out to sea on his surfboard while at the beach with his family in Renvyle.

While the RNLI lifeboats were en route to the scene, a local fisherman had made his way to collect the casualty and brought him safely back to shore where he was reunited with his mother.

With the June Bank holiday and fine weather approaching, Community Safety Officer with Clifden RNLI Miryam Harris said ‘With the beautiful weather at the moment we would encourage everyone to be safe in their seaside activities. Be sure to check the tides and wind forecast regularly as conditions can change so quickly."

The RNLI advises people to always try to do water-based activities with another person, have a means of calling for help and always wear a life jacket appropriate to the activity you are undertaking.

Miryam Harris said "We are all very relieved at the outcome of this launch and well done to the fisherman who came to the aid of this family’."

If you see someone in distress, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. 

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