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Man rescued by Galway RNLI after dinghy capsizes

Lifeboats News Release

Galway RNLI rescued a man who got into difficulty after his dinghy capsized on Galway Bay this afternoon (Sunday 18 February).

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The incident happened off Hare Island shortly before 1pm. A member of the public saw the man was unable to right the 15 foot vessel and notified the Irish Coastguard who requested the assistance of the RNLI lifeboat.

Galway Lifeboat launched from Galway Docks at 1.15pm and located the man as he was swimming towards the shore. He was cold and shook and the Lifeboat crew brought him to the station and administered first aid. He recovered a short time later and did not need to be hospitalizedThe Lifeboat retrieved the dinghy and towed it safely back to Galway Docks, ending the rescue operation at 2.15pm.

The volunteer Lifeboat crew on this callout were Dave Oliver, John O’Sullivan, Ros Forde and Kenneth Kitterick.

Deputy Launch Authority Barry Heskin advises members of the public to dress adequately for the weather conditions and to always notifya family member or friends of expected time of arrival.

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Issued on behalf of the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station by Regina Daly, Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO). Email: reglyonsdaly@gmail.com tel. 0879618355 (m)

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