Four tourists were rescued by the Irish Coastguard last night after becoming trapped on a sandbar while swimming at a popular Dublin beach.
he Irish Coastguard boat in Howth was alerted by a paddle boarder to four people trapped on a sandbank between Burrow Beach and Portmarnock Beach in Dublin as the tide was rising.
The Coast Guard said the boat was on a routine exercise and was diverted to take part in the incident.
It said those involved did not require any further medical attention, but this incident shows that “every minute counts when someone gets into trouble on the water”.
“Four tourists were trapped while swimming to a sandbar. With a rapidly arriving spring tide, the sandbar began to disappear rapidly,” the Coast Guard said.
“The first tourist had been evacuated by the paddle boarder and the next three were put on board the Coast Guard boat and taken back to Burrow Beach.
“None of those involved required further medical attention,” the Coast Guard said. “Ten minutes after the rescue, the sandbank was no longer visible. We are grateful to the paddle boarder for his actions helping to resolve the incident quickly.”
The Coast Guard said the “key message” this weekend is when you see someone, even if you’re only slightly concerned about their safety on the coast, to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.
It was recommended if you can and it’s safe to stay there until the rescue team arrives.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/four-swimmers-rescued-by-coast-guard-at-dublin-beach-41907393.html Four swimmers were rescued by the coastguard on Dublin beach