Thursday 22 August 2019

Swimmer alert sparks search

Rosslare Lifeboat - extensive search.
Rosslare Lifeboat - extensive search.

By David tucker

THE RESCUE 117 helicopter and the Rosslare lifeboat searched a huge area off the Wexford coast on Tuesday afternoon and evening following reports that a swimmer had been seen heading out to sea from Rosslare Strand.

However, the search was called after four hours with nothing found.

The RNLI said the alarm was raised shortly after 3 p.m. by a member of the public who reported what they thought to be a swimmer being carried out to sea from Rosslare Strand.

The all-weather lifeboat under coxswain Eamonn O'Rourke launched at 3.15 p.m. and began an extensive search, along with Rescue 177 from Waterford.

Weather conditions were good for searching with a south west Force 4 wind blowing.

Following the four-hour search, the volunteer crew were requested to stand down the lifeboat at 7.30 p.m., with no one reported missing and no one found.

Speaking following the call out, Jamie Ryan, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said:

'We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm today, that is the right thing to do if you think someone has got into difficulty on the water.'

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