Coastguard and RNLI come to rescue of over 30 people
MORE than 30 people have been rescued by the Coastguard and RNLI off our coast and in our harbours over the summer months.
Figures obtained by this newspaper reveal that numerous fishermen and pleasure craft boat users were rescued off the County Wexford coast over the summer.
David Maloney of Rosslare RNLI said on August Bank Holiday Monday a yacht got caught in lobster pots off the point of Carne with three Dublin people on board.
A motorboat broke down off the bar in Wexford on July 1 and there were two other boats caught up in lobster pots around 25 miles south east of Rosslare Europort which Rosslare RNLI attended.
Joe Maddock of Kilmore Quay RNLI reported similar call outs in the Kilmore area. In June a number of yachts travelling from France got fouled up in engines and suffered engine failures off the coast.
'A French man travelling from Brittany got fouled up and missed the harbour. The lifeboat got him back and he managed to get back out on the water the next day. He had sailed singlehandedly from France as part of an exercise to qualify for a racing competition.'
Jim Murphy of Courtown RNLI said they had three call outs in one week in July.
'On the Thursday a 17-year-old fella from the area fell in the harbour and hit his head against the steps. He was taken away by the ambulance and treated in hospital. On the Saturday a woman fell into the river in Courtown Woods and broke her ankle. She had been on a swing on a branch on the river and she fell down.'
On the Sunday a man suffered serious injuries in a fall from a quad bike, which fell on top of him at Dunanore.
Mr Murphy said due to the terrible weather this summer there have been few, if any, call outs to rescue people who have gotten into difficulty in the water at beaches across the county.
In late July a woman was brought to hospital after a fall in Courtown Woods. The woman who is from Kells in Co. Meath was out horse riding when she fell from her horse and was seriously injured.
The Courtown Coastguard Unit was called at around 6.30 p.m. to Courtown Woods. The rescue helicopter, Rescue 117 was called to Courtown from Waterford because the ambulance couldn't access the area. The Courtown Coastguard Unit stretchered the woman who suffered a number of broken bones to the North Beach and the winch man from Rescue 117 was lowered to the beach with a stretcher.
The woman was treated before the ambulance arrived on the beach and brought her to Waterford Regional Hospital.
Curracloe Area Officer Frank Murphy said the only major call out was for well-known Oulart man Justin Prendergast who died of a heart attack while out for a walk in Raven Wood, Curracloe, alongside the beach in July.