THE BUNDORAN RNLI has issued a warning today after a group of footballers were swept into danger by strong rip currents.
The RNLI was requested to launch to Tullan Strand in Bundoran following reports that there were several people in difficulty.
A group of footballers had been training on the strand and entered the water to cool down. The strong currents began to carry a number of them out to sea and into the rocks.
A number of concerned onlookers called the Coast Guard. Within minutes, the RNLI lifeboat and the Rescue 118 helicopter were on scene.
A group of surfers entered the water on boards and helped the footballers to safety.
A RNLI spokesman said that the crew ensured all casualties were out of the water while Rescue 118 landed on Tullan Strand and also made sure that everyone was accounted for.
He said: “The lifeboat crew trained in first aid assisted eight of the players, some who were bruised and some who had swallowed sea water before ambulances arrived. A number of the casualties were taken to Sligo University Hospital as a precaution.”
In response to the incident, Bundoran RNLI helm James Cassidy reminded anyone planning a trip to the area of the potential dangers:
He said: “Thankfully everyone is safe and this afternoon and we would like to wish the group well following what must have been a frightening experience. We would remind locals and visitors alike that Tullan Strand and particularly the area along the cliffs is notorious for rip currents and under-currents and is really not suitable for swimming.
“Rips are strong currents running out to sea which can catch even the most experienced beachgoers out. They can take you from the shallows very quickly and leave you out of your depth.”
He added that Bundoran’s main beach is supervised by lifeguards all summer long and provides the best option for safe, supervised swimming.
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