Dublin dad Patrick Lynch says “someone could have died” at Butler’s Marina, Carrick following a life jacket fiasco with an ambulance crew.
Patrick and family were on their boat travelling to Carrick-on-Shannon last Saturday morning when his son had a seizure.
They docked at Butler’s Marina and called 999, Patrick told the operator he was on a boat, they told him to place his son, (Patrick Jnr) into the recovery position and wait for the ambulance.
But the ambulance crew said they could not go on the boat without life jackets due to “health and safety regulations.” Mr Lynch offered them life jackets but they refused.
The Fire Service were called to assist. Another ambulance arrived, but couldn’t help. Mr Lynch said, “the fire crew gave life jackets to the ambulance crew and assisted them.” The Dublin father said his son’s “body was jumping up and down” and it was too dangerous for him to move his son. Patrick Jnr was brought to Sligo Regional Hospital and was kept overnight. The cause of the seizure is being looked into. Mr Lynch said “luckily my son was ok but this could have been a lot worse.”
The HSE stated it is not the policy of the ambulance service to carry life jackets “due to the risks” with managing the items. Instead they rely on other agencies who have training in water-based incidents to assist them.