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A swimmer was reported in difficulty off Greystones

A swimmer was reported in difficulty off Greystones

A swimmer was reported in difficulty off Greystones

A lifesaving expert is warning new sea swimmers not to go out into waters in dangerous conditions.

John Doyle, lead coach of Poseidon Lifesaving Club in Co Wicklow, spoke out after two swimmers in Bray and one in Greystones had to be rescued over the weekend.

"If you have only taken up sea swimming recently, the conditions at this time of year are not suitable for your level of experience," Mr Doyle said.

The incidents are the latest in a number involving sea swimmers in Co Wicklow in recent months.

Stormy

Mr Doyle urged members of the public to be careful when entering open waters.

Last week, teenager Conor Power, who is a member of the Poseidon Lifesaving Club, was hailed a hero after helping rescue a female swimmer during stormy conditions off Co Wicklow.

He towed the woman to safety away from the rocks before a Coast Guard helicopter used a winch to lift her from the water amid high winds and very rough seas.

On Saturday, a male swimmer got caught in a current and was pulled away on the rising tide.

Coast Guard crews were quickly on scene and assessed the man, who did not need medical attention.

At the same time, a swimmer was reported in difficulty off Greystones South Beach.

The Coast Guard's local unit responded to the alert, along with Sea Rescue helicopter 116, which was redirected to the incident.

"While our boat was prepared for launch, Rescue 116 came on scene and reported a single swimmer a good bit off the beach," a spokesperson for the Greystones unit said.

"The casualty then made their own way ashore and signalled they were not in need of assistance."


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