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Sunday 18 August 2019

Girl who was swept to sea on lilo rescued

Keep the umbrellas handy, this sunny spell won’t last
Keep the umbrellas handy, this sunny spell won’t last

A five-year-old girl has been hospitalised after she was swept out to sea on an inflatable toy.

Emergency services rushed to Portmarnock Beach in Dublin at 2.20pm yesterday after receiving a call from a member of the public.

The girl got into difficulty after the inflatable lilo she was on swept her away from the shoreline.

The Irish Coast Guard was notified and units from the Howth RNLI as well as the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) rushed to the scene.

Shock

As the emergency operation was under way, the girl was brought to shore by three teenagers who had noticed her in difficulty.

Paramedics treated the young girl at the scene before she was transferred to Temple Street Children's Hospital. Her condition has been described as non-life-threatening.

A source said: "The child is obviously in a bit of shock and it was distressing for everyone involved, but thankfully there weren't any serious injuries."

The operation involved lifeboats from the Howth RNLI, Rescue 116 and the DFB.

DFB units from Kilbarrack and Swords fire stations attended the scene while a lifeboat brought advanced paramedics to the scene.

They praised the efforts of their colleagues in the other emergency services for the teamwork during the co-ordinated operation.

The beach was busy at the time due to the hot weather.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 25C or 26C again today.

However, Met Eireann forecaster Liz Gavin said temperatures will fall slightly from tomorrow with highs of 20C to 22C. There will be heavy rain overnight tomorrow, going into Thursday.

Meanwhile, there will be scattered showers on Friday, with temperatures down from earlier in the week and peaking at 20C.

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