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Bundoran RNLI search for missing child at Rossnowlagh

Bundoran RNLI and Killybegs Coast Guard at Rossnowlagh.

Bundoran RNLI and Killybegs Coast Guard at Rossnowlagh.

BUNDORAN RNLI were tasked to assist in the search for a child feared to be missing in the water at Rossnowlagh Beach on Sunday afternoon.

The six-year-old child was reported missing following a 999 call to Malin Head Coast Guard who tasked Bundoran RNLI, the Rescue 118 Coast Guard Helicopter and The Killybegs Coast Guard Boat to search for the boy who was reportedly last seen near the water at around 4pm.

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The Bundoran Lifeboat, paged at 4.15pm, arrived on scene at 4.30pm and commenced a search pattern in conjunction with the other rescue agencies and were also assisted by a number of local boats in the area and up to five jet-skis.

On the crowded beach, shore crew from Bundoran also helped in the search. As it continued, another call was received to Malin Head regarding a second child (eight years old) who had gone missing not far from the Sandhouse Hotel but was located soon after.

At around 4.50pm, almost an hour after the initial report, the child was found by a family member and the search was called off.

Volunteer Helm for the RNLI Lifeboat Iarla Carty said: “Once again we had another happy ending to a callout and another example of rescue agencies working together for a positive resolution – we would encourage parents to be vigilant with their children around the water, particularly when the weather is so good.”

Sea safety advice is available from www.rnli.org

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