Search resumes in Bundoran for missing swimmer

Sue Doherty

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Search resumes in Bundoran for missing swimmer

The scene of the search this morning at Tullan Strand. Photo: Michael Daly

The RNLI and Coast Guard have resumed searching for a 28-year-old swimmer who got into difficulties at Bundoran yesterday.

The man, a member of the Defence Forces, was among a group of five swimmers that were overcome by heavy swells.

The alarm was raised at around 6pm yesterday, with Bundoran RNLI launching within 6-7 minutes. They were quickly joined by Killybegs Coast Guard, the rescue helicopter, the Gardaí and members of the Defence Forces from nearby Finner Camp assisting in the search operation.

Two of the swimmers made their way to shore, while two, who were helped by local surfers, received medical attention and were brought to Sligo University Hospital.

The search for the fifth swimmer was suspended after darkness fell last night and resumed early this morning.

Bundoran RNLI spokesperson Shane Smyth said their crew launched at 7.45 this morning to resume the search along with Killybegs Coast Guard and the Sligo SAR helicopter.

“We've been searching the beach and the Tullan Strand area and we will be moving further out in the bay as we go on.

“There's a sizeable crew searching the shore and cliffs in addition to our search on the water.

“Conditions have been very tricky, with very heavy swells last night and again this morning.

Mr Smyth reminded the public to be careful when taking to the water and to be aware of tides and conditions.”