Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescue child the water off the East Pier

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Dun Laoghaire RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat on Saturday 6 April, following reports that a young person was in the water off the East Pier.

In challenging conditions, a crew member entered the water and the casualty was brought onto the lifeboat and returned to shore, to be met by Dublin Fire Service and the HSE Rapid Response Unit.

Following a request by the Coast Guard, the inshore lifeboat was launched at approximately 8.15pm and the volunteer lifeboat crew were on scene in minutes. When arriving at the incident, the lifeboat crew were directed, by members of Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard’s shore-based unit, to the position of the casualty in the water. The young child was floating on their back, responsive and calling for help. Due to the sea conditions, it was decided the safest course of action was for a crew member to enter the water, where they kept the casualty’s head supported while the lifeboat came alongside. When they were safely aboard, the lifeboat crew returned to shore, where they were met by members of Dun Laoghaire RNLI, Dublin Fire Service and the HSE Rapid Response Unit.  

Commenting on the callout, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Ed Totterdell said, ‘Our thoughts are with the young child and their family, after what must have been a frightening experience. We would also like to thank the members of the public who raised the alarm by contacting the Coast Guard so quickly.   

‘I am very proud of my lifeboat crew for their actions and swift response. We train every week for every possible scenario and this was one of those times where every second counted. I hope that this young person makes a full and swift recovery.’ 

If you find yourself in the water, the RNLI advice is FLOAT TO LIVE.

Lie on your back and make a star shape, relax and try to control your breathing, using your hands to help you stay afloat. If you see someone in difficulty in the water, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

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