Arklow RNLI takes part in multi-agency rescue on Avoca River

Following a pager alert at 9.25pm on 16.08.15 Arklow RNLI’s volunteers prepared to launch RNLB Ger Tigchlearr to assist in a search for a cyclist whom was reported to have fallen into the Avoca River.

During the process of launching it became clear that the casualty’s reported location was about 1 mile north West of the Lifeboat Station, this put the position, up river from the “19 Arches” bridge which meant our All Weather Lifeboat would be unable to reach the location.
A decision was made to take the necessary equipment required to give assistance and proceed to the scene by car.

Upon arrival on scene, the lifeboat crew were met by Wicklow Fire Service, Garda, Ambulance & Coastguard personnel. It was established that the casualty had fallen in the river on the South Bank and had somehow gotten to the inaccessible North bank of the River. Two lifeboat crew members swam to the North bank and located the casualty who was now caught up in thick brambles, the crew reassured the casualty that he was going to be OK and that help was here and commenced clearing the brambles around the casualty.
A small rescue boat was launched and a fire service crew member and lifeboat crew member proceeded to the location in the boat.
The casualty was carefully moved to the rescue boat and then brought across to the south bank and handed over to the waiting ambulance crew, who treated the casualty and proceeded to hospital.

John Tyrrell, Arklow Lifeboat Operations manager said:
“I’d like to say well done to all involved, this incident involved almost all of our local emergency services, through the inter agency co-operation we all managed to save a life, again this shows the importance of our emergency services training together to work together”

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