Bundoran RNLI assists surfer safely to shore
Bundoran RNLI has assisted a surfer safely to shore this afternoon (Saturday 10 November) after a member of the public raised the alarm having spotted someone they thought to be in difficulty and waving their arm off Rougey Point in Bundoran.
The Irish Coast Guard requested the inshore lifeboat to launch at 3.28pm and 10 minutes later the lifeboat helmed by Killian O’Kelly was at sea.
Weather conditions at the time were blowing a light south easterly wind and there was a 3m swell.
Once on scene, the lifeboat crew observed that the surfer while not in difficulty or in any immediate danger, was in a challenging part of the sea and some distance away from the shore.
The crew made the decision to take the teenager onboard and transport him safely back to Bundoran Lifeboat Station.
Speaking following the call out, Bundoran RNLI Helm Killian O’Kelly said: ‘We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm this afternoon, that is always the right thing to do if you see someone you think or know to be in difficulty. While this surfer was not in any immediate danger, he was some distance from shore so we made a call to assist him safely back to shore.’
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