Youth team saved from sea rip tides emer­gency

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY PADDY CLANCY

SEV­ERAL mem­bers of a youth soc­cer team were res­cued from the sea yes­ter­day after­noon.

Eight young­sters in the Fer­managh Su­per Cup squad and a coach were taken to Sligo Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal af­ter they were saved from rip tides by surfers.

The res­cue took place af­ter the team fin­ished a train­ing stint on the beach and went for a dip in the ocean to cool down.

Garda Supt Colm Nevin said: “They were only in the sea up to their knees and they were sud­denly swept out by an un­der­wa­ter rip cur­rent.

“Bun­do­ran lifeboat and Res­cue he­li­copter 118 from Sligo were alerted.

“Mean­while, lo­cal surfers went to the young­sters’ aid and they were res­cued and brought to the hos­pi­tal in Sligo for a check-up.”

A Bun­do­ran lifeboat spokesman added: “The lifeboat crew as­sisted eight of the play­ers, some who were bruised and had swal­lowed sea wa­ter.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened off Tul­lan Strand, Bun­do­ran, close to where sol­dier Gavin Carey, 28, drowned last Au­gust.

Bun­do­ran RNLI helm James Cas­sidy warned vis­i­tors of the risks.

He said: “Rips are strong cur­rents run­ning out to sea which can catch even the most ex­pe­ri­enced beach­go­ers out.”

CARE Hos­pi­tal in Sligo

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