Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Responds To Five Callouts In One Week

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FENIT RNLI lifeboat volunteer crews responded very quickly to a number of calls received from people experiencing difficulties while using the sea this week.

The calls included assisting a person requiring medical assistance, a person getting into difficulty while swimming and assisting with a sailing vessel which experienced mechanical problems.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched on two occasions with a full crew attending the scene near Ballydavid in West Kerry.

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The seafarer and vessel were brought to a local pier. The inshore life boat was used to attend a swimmer who got into difficulty at a local beach in Fenit.

In another call out this week a medical emergency arose close to another beach in Fenit. On that occasion Fenit RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched and arrived at the scene very quickly.

The RNLI tasked Shannon Coast Guard to assist due to the nature of the call. Upon safe arrival back on shore an ambulance was waiting on Fenit Pier to give medical attention to the person.

Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Gerard O’Donnell said that the volunteer crew had experienced a busy week and were very pleased and relieved that all call outs had resulted in good outcomes.

The good spell of weather had naturally increased the number of people using the beaches and surrounding coastline.

He added; “Fenit RNLI encourages all sea users to be extra vigilant while using the sea.” Furthermore he added that “people should never be embarrassed or afraid to call the RNLI or Coast Guard if there is a concern that anyone is in danger at sea”.

If, at any time you see someone in trouble in the water or need assistance at sea, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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