Kilrush RNLI involved in Kerry rescue operation

Kilrush RNLI involved in Kerry rescue operation

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Kilrush RNLI lifeboat – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The Kilrush RNLI lifeboat crew was tasked to the opposite side of the Shannon Estuary early this morning to assist in a multi-agency rescue operation.

Two people had to be rescued after they were forced to climb on top of their campervan which had been cut off by the rising tide .

It’s believed the pair had been parked for the night near the shoreline on Carrig Island in the Shannon Estuary close to Ballylongford in Kerry.

They were cut off by the incoming tide and were forced to clamber onto the roof of their vehicle for safety. High tide at nearby Tarbert Island was around 5.39am.

The alarm was raised at around 4.45pm when the National Ambulance Service received a report of persons in difficulty at Carrig Island.

The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry was also alerted and watch officers there mounted and coordinated a rescue operation.

An ambulance, two units of the fire brigade from Listowel in Kerry and local gardaí were first to arrive at the scene.

Carrig Island near Ballylongford, Co Kerry – Image: Google Maps

The Ballybunion unit of the Irish Coast Guard, the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter and the Kilrush (Clare) RNLI lifeboat were also tasked to the incident.

Fire service personnel managed to reach the stranded pair and take them safely ashore while the Kilrush lifeboat monitored the operation from the water.

The two people were assessed at the scene by ambulance paramedics but it’s understood they did not require hospitalisation.

Once it was confirmed the casualties were safe, Rescue 115 was stood down without having taken off from Shannon. The other resources returned to their bases soon afterwards.

Commenting after the call out, Charlie Glynn, Kilrush RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: “We ask that people respect the water and check the time and height of tide before venturing out, and also be aware of your surroundings and the tide’s direction.

Tides have a reputation for being unpredictable, but really they follow a timetable more reliable than most trains. A shoreline can be a vast playground but the tide can come in surprisingly quickly. Ensure that you have a fully charged mobile phone, or some other means of calling for assistance, in case you get into difficulty.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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