Teenager rescued from sea

Teenager rescued from sea
Bundoran RNLI rescued a teenager who fell from a capsized jet-ski on Thursday afternoon, prompting the service to issue a warning about water safety.

Bundoran RNLI rescued a teenager who fell from a capsized jet-ski on Thursday afternoon, prompting the service to issue a warning about water safety.

The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by Malin Head Coast Guard at 1.24pm following a report that a jet-ski had capsized a short distance from Bundoran Pier.

The lifeboat helmed by Daimon Fergus and with crew members James Cassidy and Elliot Kearns on board launched, and made its way to the scene a couple of 100 yards from the shore.

Weather conditions at the time were described as good with the sun shining and the sea flat calm.

On arrival, the crew observed two males, one of whom had managed to get back on to the jet-ski and a second who was still in the water.

The lifeboat crew pulled the teenager from the water and brought him back to shore where he was treated for hypothermia and the effects of having swallowed some sea water.

He was subsequently transferred to Sligo General Hospital via ambulance as a precautionary measure. Speaking following the call out, Tony McGowan, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said:

“Thankfully, the lifeboat crew were able to assist this afternoon and bring this young man to safety. We would encourage anyone taking to the water over the Easter holidays to enjoy themselves but be mindful that while the sun is shining and the weather is warm, sea temperatures are still very cold and it is important to dress appropriately bearing that in mind.”