Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Tullan Strand in Bundoran. A number of surfers managed to get the footballers to safety.
Saved

Lifeboats launched in Bundoran after riptide carries group of footballers into danger

A group of surfers managed to get the footballers to safety.

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.

Read: Search for missing Rescue 116 crew members postponed until Monday due to bad weather >

Read: Longitude organiser apologises for delays amid reports of festival goers ‘getting crushed’ in queues >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
19
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.