Wicklow Inshore lifeboat went to the assistance of a swimmer who got into difficulty while participating in an open sea race near Wicklow harbour on Saturday afternoon.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were on exercise nearby when the call for assistance came in, they quickly located the casualty and he was taken from the water. The swimmer was experiencing breathing difficulties, so oxygen was administered while the lifeboat returned to shore.
The casualty was handed into the care of an Ambulance crew and Paramedic on arrival at Wicklow harbour.
Speaking after the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer, Tommy Dover said: ’The swimmer was checked by the Paramedic and thankfully did not require any further medical care, so he was reunited with his family a short time later.’
The crew on the callout were Helm Alan Goucher, John Stapleton and Ian Heffernan.