Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat called to surfer in difficulty

The Bundoran RNLI lifeboat was called out on Saturday evening to help a surfer who was said to be in difficulty at the main beach.

The Bundoran RNLI lifeboat was called out on Saturday evening to help a surfer who was said to be in difficulty at the main beach.

A telephone call was made to Malin Head Coast Guard by a concerned member of the public around 5.45pm who believed the surfer to be in trouble in the water. Bundoran lifeboat was immediately tasked and were on the scene within minutes of the initial call. The sea was calm and there was very little wind so conditions were favourable. Other members of the volunteer lifeboat crew were also dispatched to the beach.

The lifeboat crew commenced the search of the main beach area and also at Roguey Rocks when it was subsequently ascertained that the surfer had made their way to shore. The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

Deputy Launching Authority with Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Patrick McMorrow said afterwards: “The caller was absolutely right to call the Coast Guard if he believed someone to be in trouble in the water. The lifeboat is there to save lives at sea and we would rather be called out to keep minds at ease than have someone ignored in the water.”

Bundoran RNLI lifeboat is on call 24 hours a day all year round. As always, sea safety advice is available online at the charity’s website www.rnli.ie’