Search for missing swimmer at Tullan Strand, Bundoran to resume at first light

Search for missing swimmer at Tullan Strand, Bundoran to resume at first light
Staff Reporters editorial@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

A search for a man missing following a swimming incident at Tullan Strand, Bundoran, will resume at first light this (Wednesday) morning.

The man, one of five swimmers, is believed to be a member of the defence forces attending a course at nearby Finner Camp.

An extensive search failed to locate the missing man while two of the four other swimmers were brought to Sligo University Hospital.

Bundoran RNLI posted on their facebook page earlier this evening that there had been an incident: “The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were this evening (Tuesday 23rd August) requested to launch to reports of swimmers in difficulty off Tullan Strand in Bundoran. An emergency call had been placed to Malin Head Coast Guard just before 6pm and within minutes the lifeboat was in the water and heading to the scene.

“Members of the shore crew also went to the cliffs to assist the operation. On arriving at Tullan Strand, in a very heavy breaking swell, the lifeboat and the Rescue 118 helicopter commenced a search for one missing swimmer who was part of a group of five males. It is believed the other four were able to make their own way to shore with the assistance of local surfers.”

The RNLI post added: “Members of An Garda Siochana and the Defence Forces also helped with the search whilst HSE ambulances treated two of the swimmers for intake of water, who were subsequently taken to Sligo University Hospital.”

The search for the missing man was suspended because of failing light and will resume at first light.The area in the vicinity of Tullan Strand has been sealed off by the Gardaí.