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Skerries RNLI respond to reports of stranded fisherman

Posted on September 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Skerries RNLI launched yesterday morning (02 September) after the Coast Guard received a call from a member of the Gardaí that a fisherman was stranded on rocks near Balbriggan.


Volunteer crew member spots Garda waving. Photo: RNLI/Gerry Canning


Shortly after 11am yesterday morning Dublin Coast Guard received a call from a member of the Gardaí that a fisherman had been cut off by the rising tide and was stranded on rocks at the shoreline near Ardgillan Park, just south of Balbriggan. Skerries RNLI were tasked and the lifeboat was launched with volunteer Robert Morgan at the Helm and crewed by David Knight, Gerry Canning and Jack Keane.


The lifeboat proceeded directly to the area indicated by the caller, heading initially towards a well-known outcrop of rocks that extends out a distance into the sea.


Once on scene the crew began an initial search of the area. They then noticed a Garda on the shore waving to attract their attention. The lifeboat was manoeuvred in very shallow waters against a strong breeze to be close enough to shore for a member of the crew to go ashore and speak to them. It transpired that the fisherman, once alerted to his predicament by the Gardaí had waded ashore and was no longer in danger.


The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.


Speaking about the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘In this case, the man hadn’t even realised that he had been cut off by the rising tide and was in a dangerous situation. Thankfully the Gardaí on were able to alert him and he managed to wade ashore. If you see anyone in danger in or near the water, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard’

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