Waterford rescue mission launched as two children are swept out to sea on lilo
The Irish Coast Guard were forced into a dramatic resuce mission on Tuesday, July 3, when two children got into difficulties in the sea of the coast of Waterford.
Crews from Dunmore East Coast Guard's RIB and Fethard RNLI Lifeboat Station were alerted to two children who had been blown out to sea on an inflatable lilo.
The dramatic situation started with the children drifting out too far from the shore and while four members of the public attempted a rescue, the inflatable was carried almost a mile offshore with the children still onboard.
The rescue crews manage to get to the children and bring them to safet shortly afterwards.
The Irish Coast Guard said today that a fast response from the RNLI and Coast Guard, along with a strong community reaction to alert them to the situaton, "averted what could have been a tragedy."
Several people required medical attention after the incident but no serious injuries were reported.
The incident has led to the Irish Coast Guard to issue a warning about inflatable toys used on water during warm weather.
"Inflatables such as lilos are designed for pools and not the open water. With a single small offshore breeze, they can be quickly swept out to sea, out of sight, and out of range to shout for help," they said.
People who see someone in trouble on the coast, cliffs or water, are asked to dial 112 or 999 and ask for the Coast Guard as quickly as possible.
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