Man and boy brought to hospital after rescue in Bundoran

A man and a child had to be taken to hospital following a rescue in Bundoran yesterday.

They were rescued from the water at Bundoran yesterday afternoon after they got into difficulty.

Initial reports yesterday afternoon were that a child was missing from the beach in Rossnowlagh.

However, that child, a boy, was located but it then transpired that two people, a man and a boy who were among those at a packed beach in Bundoran, had got into difficulty.

They had got caught in a rip current in the water just off the beach.

Volunteers from Bundoran RNLI became involved in the rescue after Malin Head Coast Guard called for help just after 3pm.

A lifeboat helmed by Brian Gillespie and three crew members were on the scene in minutes while the RNLI shore crew made their way to the beach.

On arrival, they saw surfers helping the man who was in the water while members of the public were helping the boy on the beach.

They both swallowed a considerable amount of sea water.

The lifeboat crew took the man on board while the shore crew began helping the boy.

The man was subsequently airlifted to Sligo University Hospital by the Strandhill-based Coast Guard helicopter while the boy was also taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Meanwhile, with the good weather and the bank holiday weekend on the way, Tony McGowan, Bundoran Lifeboat Operations Manager, has called for caution near or in water.