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Rosslare Harbour RNLI in extensive search for swimmer thought to be swept out

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 2:05 AM

Rosslare Harbour RNLI was involved in an extensive search off the Wexford coast yesterday (Tuesday 1 August) after a swimmer was reported to have been swept out to sea.

Photo: RNLI/Rosslare

The alarm was raised shortly after 3pm by a member of the public who reported what they thought to be a swimmer being carried out to sea from Rosslare Strand.

The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke launched at 3.15pm and began an extensive search. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 from Waterford was also tasked.

Weather conditions were good for searching with a south west Force 4 wind blowing.

Following a four hour search, the volunteer crew were requested to stand down the lifeboat at 7.30pm, with no one reported missing and no one found.

Speaking following the call out, Jamie Ryan, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm today, that is the right thing to do if you think someone has got into difficulty on the water.’

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