Dún Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat crew rescued two people and dog over weekend

Dún Laoghaire Rnli Lifeboat Crew Rescued Two People And Dog Over Weekend
The volunteer inshore lifeboat crew at Dún Laoghaire RNLI had a busy weekend with two call-outs as they rescued two people and a dog. 
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James Cox

The volunteer inshore lifeboat crew at Dún Laoghaire RNLI had a busy weekend with two call-outs as they rescued two people and a dog.

The first call came on Saturday at 12.30pm for a man and his dog, who had become cut off by the tide at Sandymount. The second, this morning at 8.21am, was to a man who had injured himself falling on rocks at Poolbeg.


The lifeboat callout to the dog walker in Sandymount yesterday follows on from a similar callout to a woman and her dog two weeks ago, in the same location.

In this case, the man had become cut off from the shore when his dog had run into the water, and he was retrieving him. The tide came in very fast, and he became trapped on a sandbank with his clothing soaked up to chest level.

The alarm was raised and the inshore lifeboat crew from Dún Laoghaire RNLI responded. A crew member left the lifeboat and made his way to the man and his dog, where he checked their condition. They were then taken onboard the lifeboat and brought to shore, where they were met by members of Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard.

Commenting on the callout, Dún Laoghaire RNLI Helm Laura Jackson said, ‘This was a very fast launch for the volunteer lifeboat crew and we were on the water within five minutes of our pagers being activated. What catches many people out who walk in this area, is just how fast the tide comes in and also, that it approaches from behind. You can get into difficulty so quickly and when you look up, you are surrounded by water and unsure of the depth. It can be quite disorientating.’


The second callout also involved members of Dublin Fire Service, who were on scene with a member of the public who had fallen on rocks at Poolbeg. The lifeboat crew were called out as access to the casualty was only possible by water, due to their location on the rocks.

Working closely with members of Dublin Fire Service, Dún Laoghaire RNLI were able to assist with the transfer of the person from the rocks to Dublin Fire Service’s rescue craft. From there, they were brought to a nearby slipway to receive further medical attention.

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