Two rescued after jet ski capsizes in Blacksod Bay

FILE PHOTO OF LIFEBOAT

FILE PHOTO OF LIFEBOAT

The Ballyglass RNLI lifeboat was dispatched on Tuesday (July, 20 ) afternoon to assist two people who got into difficulty following the capsizing of a jet ski in Blacksod Bay between Doolough and Claggan.

Malin Head Coast Guard had been contacted when a jet ski capsized, making the situation dangerous and impossible for the vessel to proceed. A rigid inflatable power boat in the area had taken the casualties aboard until the lifeboat arrived.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew assessed the situation, took the uninjured jet ski crew aboard and proceeded to bring them safely to land at Doolough. The volunteer lifeboat crew, consisting of father and son Frankie and Eric Geraghty, with Matthew Togher at the helm, launched at Shore Road Belmullet within 10 minutes of the pagers going off. The lifeboat was on scene within half an hour with conditions being very favourable; flat sea, no wind and good visibility.

The lifeboat was then returned to station, refuelled, washed down and ready for service again within two hours of the initial call-out. Ballyglass Coast Guard unit were also tasked to assist and were on shore to help locate the vessel.

Pádraig Sheeran, Ballyglass RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said : "We are glad of a positive outcome today and want to remind people of the importance of always respecting the water and looking out for each other on or near the sea.

"Well done to all who helped out today. Ní neart go cur le chéile, as they say (we are stronger when we work together ). Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard if you see someone in difficulty. The RNLI is a charity and we are always happy and ready to save lives at sea."

 

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