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Bundoran RNLI responds to false alarm with good intent

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Bundoran RNLI responds to false alarm with good intent

Bundoran RNLI crew responded to a call-out on Saturday evening to find it had been a false alarm and that everything was alright.

However, a spokesperson for the crew said that they would prefer to be called out to the situation and find that ‘all is well’ rather than not to be called at all.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 5.16pm following a request by the Irish Coast Guard to go to the assistance of three stand up paddle boarders thought to be in difficulty near Mullaghmore.

The lifeboat helmed by Killian O’Kelly was launched in five minutes and immediately made its way to the scene.

Weather conditions at the time were poor with heavy rain and reduced visibility.

Once on scene, the crew observed that the experienced trio who had been competing in a downwind race from Mullaghmore to Bundoran, were not in any difficulty.

Speaking following the call out, Bundoran RNLI Helm Killian O’Kelly said: “Once we arrived on scene we observed that all three stand up paddle boarders were safe and well.”

The paddle boarders were safety conscious and each of the three were carrying a method of communication.

“They were all wearing lifejackets and carrying a method of communication.

“While this was a false alarm with good intent, we would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm as conditions at sea were not good at the time.

“We would always much rather launch to find all is well than not launch at all.”

He reiterated his call for water safety as Bundoran proves to be a very popular place for families and individuals.

He reminded everyone to always respect the water and to adhere to the rules and regulations pertaining to being in or near the water.

“With a lot of visitors enjoying the long northern Bank Holiday weekend here in Bundoran, we would remind everyone planning a visit to the beach or the sea, to always respect the water.

“Plan your activity in advance, always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of communication.”

The RNLI charity provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around Ireland and the United Kingdom. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 46 of these being based in Ireland.

The RNLI is independent of the coastgGuard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.

Since the RNLI was establishd ed in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives in total.

There work is of the utmost importance in saving the lives of those who get into difficulty at sea.

For more information on water safety you can go to www.iws.ie where you will find safe summer tips and other helpful information that will guide you towards having a safe and enjoyable time this summer.

Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’