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Youghal RNLI launch to snorkeler near Ardmore in Co. Waterford

Lifeboats News Release

Youghal RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked to launch today (Sunday 12 June) at 4.27pm to reports of a snorkeler in difficulty between Goat Island and Ram Head near Ardmore, Co. Waterford.

The lifeboat arrived on scene to find a man in the water. They recovered the casualty onto the lifeboat and immediately administered casualty care.  Working with Helvick Head RNLI, who was also on scene, the casualty was winched onto the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 and brought to Waterford University Hospital.
 
Commenting on the callout Youghal RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Fergus Hopkins said, ‘ This was a difficult callout for everyone concerned and our thoughts are with the family of the man who was taken from the water this afternoon.’ 
 
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For information please contact Karl Prendergast, Youghal RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0877990310, email beatless@gmail.com or contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk

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