Two rescued after being cut off by tide

RNLI lifeboat in action

RNLI lifeboat in action

Two people were rescued at Maghera beach near Ardara on Wednesday night after they were cut off by the sea.

The volunteer crew of the Arranmore RNLI was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 10.20pm following a report that a man and a woman were in difficulty at Maghera beach near Ardara.

The alarm was raised by a concerned family member after the man and woman who were walking by Assarancagh waterfall had not returned.

Sea conditions at the time were good but darkness had fallen.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 from Sligo and Killybegs Coast Guard were also involved in the operation.

Once on scene at 10.50pm, two lifeboat crew members launched the inshore Y Boat and a number of flares were set off to light up the search area.

The casualties who had been cut off by the tide were located and brought on to the Y Boat before being transferred to Arranmore’s all-weather Severn class lifeboat and transported to Burtonport.

Jimmy Early, Arranmore RNLI Second Coxswain said: “Thankfully there was a good end result to this evening’s call out and we were only too happy to located the casualties safe and well and bring them to Burtonport.”

The incident brought to 13 the number of call-outs Arranmore RNLI has had in a month.


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