Surfboard ‘snapped’ - Lucky escape

Michael McHugh

Reporter:

Michael McHugh

A surfer from the North in his mid twenties had a lucky escape at the weekend after he found himself in trouble off Tullan Strand in Bundoran, when his surf board violently snapped. He eventually made it to shore, but both the RNLI and the Sea Air Rescue heilcopter based at Sligo were called into action, after emergency services received a distresss call from a friend of the surfer.

A surfer from the North in his mid twenties had a lucky escape at the weekend after he found himself in trouble off Tullan Strand in Bundoran, when his surf board violently snapped. He eventually made it to shore, but both the RNLI and the Sea Air Rescue heilcopter based at Sligo were called into action, after emergency services received a distresss call from a friend of the surfer.

The RNLI have said that the friend, in the circusmtances was “absolutely correct” to make the emergency call.

Bundoran RNLI arrived at the scene following the distress call after the surfer got into difficulty around 4pm after his surf board snapped during a session on a busy afternoon at Bundoran’s second beach. His friend immediately called the emergency services and Bundoran Lifeboat Crew were tasked to the scene. Launching within six minutes of receiving the call, the crew were on scene within minutes by which time the surfer had made his way to shore safely. The lifeboat was then stood down.

Local RNLI Press Officer Shane Smyth told the paper: “As more and more people use the water for recreactional purposes we are finding that a growing number of calls are related to this type of activity. As in all cases, we advise members of the the public to always check conditions before taking to the water and ensure that people know of their whereabouts. In this case the surfer manage to get ashore, but vigilance and preparation are also key elements.”

Malin Head Coast Guard also tasked the Rescue 118 Helicopter from Sligo to the scene who arrived shortly afterwards. Volunteer crew members from Bundoran Lifeboat who made their way to Tullan Strand on land, spoke with the surfer to evaluate whether further medical attention was required.

Bundoran Lifeboat Training Coordinator Shane O’Neill who attended to the surfer said: “Thankfully, following his surfboard being snapped the surfer was able to make his way back to shore safely. However, his friend was absolutely correct to call the emergency services as he believed he was in trouble. Bundoran Lifeboat is on call 24 hours a day seven days a week and are always ready to respond to an emergency.”