The Rescue 118 helicopter was in action in Donegal yesterday following two incidents at sea.
The crew was finishing a medivac in Galway yesterday afternoon when it was tasked to an incident with a swimmer in Donegal. The event had a positive outcome when the swimmer made it to safety on their own.
“Luckily the patient had made his way to shore and was being treated by our colleagues in the National Ambulance service,” a spokesperson said.
The rescue crew was then tasked to an emergency signal on the west coast. A search was carried out over the Burtonport area and nearby islands to confirm that no one was in trouble. No emergencies were detected.
Following this mission Rescue 118 was retasked to carry out searches for a missing person in a number of locations in Mayo. Their sister ship Rescue 115 carried out searches in Co Clare as part of the same tasking.
“If you have an EPIRB, make sure it’s registered and stored safely where it won’t be activated by accident,” a spokesperson said.
“If you see someone get into difficulties near or on the water, Call 112 or 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.”