Diver airlifted to hospital
IT WAS a weekend of high drama for Wexford with coastal emergency services called out to four separate incidents, two of which proved to be false alarms.
Despite this, the coastguard praised people who had called in the emergencies, saying it was better to be safe than sorry.
* A diver surfaced too quickly and had to be flown by helicopter to Galway University Hospital where he was was given two sessions in a decompresssion chamber.
* A trawler crew member was rescued by the RNLI after he was seriously scalded in an accident on boat a Wexford fishing boat.
* Coastguard, the RNLI and fishing boats were involved in a combined search off Curracloe following reports of a swimmer in difficulty. After a two-hour search nothing was found.
* The coastguard was alerted to reports of a missing child at Curracloe, however, the youngster was found safe and well soon after the alarm was raised.
Coast guard officials appealed to the large numbers of people flocking to the beaches as a result of the good weather to keep tabs on youngsters and any members of their parties swimming.
Dave Maloney, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Deputy Launching Authority, appealed fopr people to be vigilant.
'We would always encourage the public to alert the emergency services if they see anyone they believe to be in trouble or any signs of danger,' he said.