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Lifeboat crew issues warning after Donegal rescue

Arranmore Island all-weather lifeboat, the 'Myrtle Maud' was on exercises off the Donegal coast when the alarm was raised on Saturday.
Seamus McKinney

Donegal lifeboat crews have warned the public to be aware of tides if walking in coastal areas after three people became stranded on rocks.

Arranmore Lifeboat was called in to rescue two men and a woman, along with their dog, after they became stranded by the incoming tide at Maghera Beach near Ardara on Saturday. Arranmore Lifeboat coxswain, Jimmy Early said the group raised the alarm after they became cut off from the shore around 7.15pm.

“Crew members, Mickey McHugh and Kieran O’Donnell set about locating the stranded walkers along the rocky shoreline of Loughros Mór Bay. Negotiating the challenging waters, they found the casualties marooned by the rising tide near Maghera Beat at 8.15pm,” Mr Early said.

The stranded walkers were removed from the rocks and transported to Portnoo where they were assessed by Killybegs Coast Guard which had also been alerted. The walkers were eventually returned to their vehicles.

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Mr Early said: “We encourage everyone planning a trip to the coast or on the water to always go prepared. Check weather and tide times, always wear a lifejacket or suitable flotation device for your activity on the water, always carry a means of communication and always let someone on the shore know where you are going and when you are due back. Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”

The Arranmore coxswain praised the three walkers for their prompt actions in contacting the Coast Guard.


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