Woman saved from beneath the waves by a crew out on an exercise
The voluntary crew of Howth RNLI rescued a woman from drowning off the coast of Portrane on Monday.
The Lifeboat crew had been out on exercise when they spotted the 31 year old female struggling above the waves. She had sunk two feet beneath the water when the crew reached her. They managed to catch her clothing and pull her aboard the All Weather Lifeboat (ALB), immediately administering first aid.
The RNLI crew then took the lady safely to Howth harbour, as she was thought to be too distressed to be lifted by the coast guard helicopter which was also in attendance. An awaiting ambulance brought her to Beaumont Hospital to recover.
Howth RNLI voluntary crewmember Dave Howard said,
“All the crew were relieved that this rescue had a positive ending, the lady would certainly have died had we not already been at sea on exercise. She was very lucky”