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RNLI warns bathers as man and boy rescued from sea

RNLI were called out when a man and boy got caught in a rip current off Bundoran Beach.
Seamus McKinney

THE RNLI has issued a warning to swimmers following the rescue of a man and a boy from the sea off Co Donegal.

Bundoran RNLI volunteers were involved in numerous call-outs as thousands of visitors took advantage of the good Bank Holiday weather.

Spokesman Tony McGowan said teams were called out to an incident off Bundoran beach on Sunday afternoon in which a man and boy got into trouble in the water.

"The Lifeboat crew observed that local surfers were attending to the man in the water while two members of the public were attending to the boy on the beach who had been pulled out of the sea. Both were being treated for the effects of swallowing a considerable amount of sea water,” Mr McGowan said.

Boat and shore crews administered to the casualties until a helicopter arrived. The man was airlifted to Sligo university hospital while the boy was taken by ambulance. Both are understood to have made a good recovery.

Mr McGowan said: "As we look forward to the southern Bank Holiday weekend, we would urge anyone heading to the beach to respect the water.

"Rip currents are strong currents that can quickly take swimmers from the shallows out beyond their depth. Should you get caught in one, try and stay calm, don't panic. If you can stand, wade, don't swim. Raise your hand and, if you can shout for help."

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