Bundoran Lifeboat called to rescue trapped walker

The Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat was called on to help rescue a woman who became trapped on rocks whilst walking near Mullaghmore, Co Sligo on Monday afternoon.

The Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat was called on to help rescue a woman who became trapped on rocks whilst walking near Mullaghmore, Co Sligo on Monday afternoon.

Malin Head Coast Guard contacted the Bundoran RNLI after they were notified the woman had gotten into trouble.

The holiday maker was walking along the coastline when she realised that the tide was coming back in and the amount of seaweed along the route made it impossible to turn back. Luckily she had her mobile phone with her and called the coast guard via the 112 emergency number.

The voluntary Bundoran Lifeboat crew launched within six minutes of the initial page at 14.54 and were on the scene 12 minutes later where they assisted the female on to the lifeboat William Henry Liddington. Luckily she was uninjured but was checked out by one of the EMT-trained crew and then transported back to the lifeboat station. The Rescue 118 helicopter was also tasked but stood down in an operation coordinated by Malin Head Coast Guard.

Helm of the lifeboat on the day was Daimon Fergus told the Leitrim Observer “while we knew there was no immediate danger there was an urgency to get the person off the rocks and to safety before the tide came in much further and blocked her path completely. We would always advise members of the public who are on the water or walking on the coastline to at the very least carry a mobile phone so the alert may be raised in the event of an emergency”.