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coast guard Paddleboarders rescued after being blown out to sea off Sligo coast

A full-scale emergency rescue operation involving the Bundoran RNLI and the Rescue 188 helicopter swung into action

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The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI assisted in rescue

The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI assisted in rescue

The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI assisted in rescue

Two paddleboarders have been rescued after being blown out to sea off the coast of Co Sligo.

The boarders were paddling around Mermaid’s Cove when they were suddenly taken out to sea yesterday.

A passer-by spotted the troubled boarders and a call was made to Malin Head Coast Guard just after 6pm.

A full-scale emergency rescue operation involving the Bundoran RNLI and the Rescue 188 helicopter swung into action.

Members of the “William Henry Liddington” lifeboat managed to reach the terrified boarders as they continued to be swept out to sea.

The boarders were assisted onto the lifeboat and taken back to the safety of the shore were they were assessed.

Brian Gillespie of Bundoran RNLI said they were just glad they managed to reach the boarders and rescue them.

“We were glad to be able to bring the paddleboarders back to safety and the person on the shore called 999 when they did.

“We would always remind people that if they see anyone in trouble on the coast to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard and for paddleboarders to be mindful of offshore winds which can catch people out very easily."

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