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Sunday 23 September 2018

Woman and dog stranded on beach airlifted to safety

The helicopter approaches the stranded woman and her dog on Sandymount Strand
The helicopter approaches the stranded woman and her dog on Sandymount Strand

A woman and her dog were rescued by the Irish Coast Guard after becoming trapped by high tides on a Dublin beach.

The new Rescue 116 heli- copter was sent to Sandymount Strand yesterday morning after the woman and her dog were cut off by the speedy incoming tides.

Emergency services were alerted by the woman's husband and dispatched a number of units to the scene, including the RNLI lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire and the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB).

The pair were quickly spotted and a winchman was lowered from the helicopter.

He then lifted the woman and the dog to safety.

Mission

They were handed over to the Dun Laoghaire coast guard before being treated at the scene by paramedics from the DFB, but they are not believed to have suffered any serious injuries.

An Irish Coast Guard spokesperson warned: "Tides can come in much faster than you expect, so respect the power and speed of the sea."

Yesterday's operation was the latest rescue mission carried out by the Irish Coast Guard at Sandymount Strand in recent weeks.

In March, seven students had to be rescued after becoming trapped on a sandbank there.

The Dublin-based Rescue 116 was also tasked to carry out that operation.

Once on the scene, the crew observed the seven casualties were dry, safe and well on a sandbank but surrounded by water.

They then proceeded to bring the lifeboat into the shallow area where the teenagers transferred themselves on to the craft.

They were then escorted ashore by the helicopter.

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