A nine year old girl had to be rescued by the RNLI yesterday after her inflatable dinghy drifted from the shore.
The child was playing on Ardnahinch beach when an off-shore breeze caused the dinghy to drift out to sea yesterday evening.
Two in-shore lifeboats wer launched from Ballycotton and Valentia at 5.30pm. The girl was brought onboard the Ballycotton lifeboat after it was first to arrive at the scene. She was she was unharmed but very upset after what Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh described as a frightening experience.
This was a frightening experience for the young girl and her family and we would like to wish them all well following their ordeal. Thankfully, the alarm was raised quickly and the casualty was wearing a suitable buoyancy aid which attributed to a positive outcome.
‘While the coast is a great place for young people and families to enjoy, we would remind everyone to respect the water, to understand the risks and to stay safe.
When using a dinghy, always make sure you wear an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid; always carry a means of calling or signalling for help.
Check the weather forecasts and tide times before you go and if on your own, tell someone about your plans – where you intend to go and when you expect to return, and know how to contact the Coast Guard.
The girl was brought back safely to her parents on the beach.