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Swimmers’ lives saved off Bundoran’s Roguey Beach

Rescue 118 landing on beach. Photo: Killian O'Kelly

Rescue 118 landing on beach. Photo: Killian O’Kelly

THE volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI lifeboat were called out yesterday evening to reports of swimmers in trouble near the diving boards in Bundoran.

The emergency call was received by Malin Head Coast Guard just after twenty minutes to eight by a member of the public at the nearby golf course. They immediately requested the launch of the lifeboat as well as tasking the Sligo based Rescue 118 Helicopter.

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Minutes later the Bundoran Lifeboat was in the water en route to the scene whilst other volunteer crew members went to the diving boards area by shore. As there was a heavy swell running, the lifeboat was forced to sit off Roguey as the shore crew gave an update on the casualties from the scene. The initial 999 caller had used the ring buoy located on the Roguey walk to throw to the teenagers to assist in their rescue and by the time the crew had arrived, they had made it to safety.

The Coast Guard Rescue 118 Helicopter arrived on scene moments later, landing on the beach to allow a paramedic to check over the casualties before they were given the all clear.

Volunteer Killian O’Kelly said: “The two lads were very lucky that they were spotted so quickly by the person on the golf course and that the ring buoy was available so close to where the incident happened – otherwise we could have had a very different outcome. We would remind swimmers to be mindful of conditions they are setting out into and to passers by if you see anyone in trouble at the coast please dial 999 or 112 immediately.”

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