Man res­cued from Avoca River in the early hours of Sun­day


Wicklow People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLEMAN

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.

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