July 6, 2020
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‘Thank you’ – RNLI pay tribute to Wicklow volunteers following rescue of driver from river

The RNLI has thanked volunteers in Wicklow following yesterday’s early morning dramatic rescue of a motorist from the Avoca River in Arklow.

“Thankfully it was relatively calm, had conditions been worse and had the river been in flood,  the situation might not have ended so well,” Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said.

“I’d like to say thanks to all of our volunteers  who through teamwork got this positive result. We would like to once again remind people to Respect the Water.”

Arklow RNLI launched at approximately 4.40am on  March 3 following a Launch Request from the Irish Coast Guard and within minutes of leaving their beds, the volunteer crew were aboard RNLB Ger Tigchlearr.

The Allweather Trent Class lifeboat then made its way to the reported position in the Avoca River and once on the scene, it was they realised that a vehicle was located in a shallow part of the river.

One of the volunteers then accessed the semi-submerged vehicle from the riverbank as the lifeboat could not enter the area due to the river depth.

A crew member managed to wade out and  gain access to the vehicle and it was established that there was one person inside.

Following efforts to open the doors and equalise the pressure, one of our volunteers was able to extricate the injured casualty from the vehicle, who was then brought to shore, treated and removed to hospital by a waiting ambulance crew.

 

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