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While training last night, the Coast Guard was called to help tourists adrift near Sandymount beach

The two Finnish tourists were uninjured.

Image: Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard via Facebook

WHILE TRAINING AT Dun Laoghaire harbour yesterday evening, the Coast Guard received a call with reports that tourists had been cut off by the tide at Sandymount beach.

A member of the public had spotted them in difficulty, and raised the alarm.

Upon arrival at the scene, the team spotted the people in the water. At this point, the RNLI Dun Laoghaire inshore lifeboat was en route, and Rescue 116 was requested to attend the scene.

The RNLI and Coast Guard proceeded on foot to the nearest and safest point on the beach to where those in the water were attempting to make their way back to land.

The two tourists – from Finland – eventually reached land and didn’t require any medical assistance.

The Coast Guard then assisted the pair with transport back to their accommodation.

In a Facebook post, the Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard said it was a “grateful sound to hear the engines of R116 making its way to us”, and thanked those who had assisted in the operation.

It added that it was an “emotional but thankful sight” to see R116 “keeping an eye on us”.

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