April 18, 2021

Rescue 117 and RNLI boat rescue father and daughter after he fell into sea off Waterford Coast

The coastguard helicopter and the RNLI boat from Dunmore East were involved in daring rescue after a man and his daughter got stranded on rocks as the tide was rising around them.

The rescue services were called following an incident near Woodstown late on Sunday evening.

The man and his daughter had been out walking with their two dogs when they got trapped by the tide in a wooded area. The man attempted to climb onto the nearby cliff but slipped and fell onto a rock and into the water. He managed to get himself out and onto a nearby rock. His daughter, minding the two dogs, raised the alarm.

The RNLI volunteers rushed to Knockavelish Head where the pair were in serious danger after they got cut off by the tide and stranded on rocks.

The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Roy Abrahamson, along with six crew, made their way to the scene. On arrival, they quickly learned the large boat would not be able to reach the pair.

The crew launched their smaller inflatable daughter boat to try and reach the pair. However, on assessing the situation and concerned about the man’s injuries. the decision was made to call in the Irish Coast Helicopter Rescue 117.

On arrival, the helicopter crew winched the man from the rocks and airlifted him to University Hospital Waterford for further treatment. Fethard RNLI meanwhile took the girl and their two dogs onboard the inshore lifeboat before transferring them to the all-weather lifeboat. They were then brought safely back to shore at Dunmore East.

Speaking in the rescue’s aftermath, Neville Murphy, Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: “This was a challenging call out for us today given the shallow and wooded area where the casualties got into difficulty and the fact that the man took a fall and had injuries. It required a joint response between ourselves and our colleagues from Fethard and the Irish Coast Guard and everyone worked well together to bring the man and his daughter to safety.

“Tide times and heights can vary and can easily catch you out if you haven’t checked them. Tidal cut off can be dangerous so we would remind everyone before they head out to make sure it’s safe and to check tide tables. While you are out it is important to be aware of your surroundings and the tide’s direction,” he concluded.

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