MAN WHO ENTERED THE AVOCA RIVER IS RESCUED BY ARKLOW RNLI
QUICK-THINKING PUBLIC AND THE RNLI COME TO THE AID OF MAN IN WATER
ARKLOW Lifeboat volunteers and quick-thinking members of the public saved the life of a person who entered the water in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Witnesses saw a man enter the water at the harbour around 2.30 a.m. and alerted the authorities.
The RNLI crew proceeded to the location near the river entrance, where the members of the public and local gardaí had located the person in the water and managed to engage with the casualty and thrown a lifebelt in efforts to keep them afloat until further assistance arrived.
Once on scene, the lifeboat crew managed to get the casualty aboard the Ger Tigchelarr and administered casualty care while returning to the lifeboat station. The casualty was then transferred to hospital by ambulance.
Arklow RNLI Community Safety Officer Mark Corcoran paid tribute to the members of the public for their swift action to help the casualty.
‘We would like to extend huge thanks to the members of the public who alerted the Coast Guard and the local gardaí to this incident, without this early call for help and assistance during the rescue, this incident could have ended very differently. I’d like to remind people once again, please respect the water and always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help when going out on or near the water,’ he said.
The early-morning call followed another call the previous day, Saturday, October 6.
At 1.25 p.m. a report was received of a yacht which had gotten into difficulty and lost power.
The vessel, with a crew of of three aboard, was stranded approximately one mile east of Arklow. The lifeboat responded and towed the boat safely back to shore.
Arklow RNLI assisted a man who entered the water in the early hours of Sunday morning.