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Monday, 25th May 2020

Six rescued from the sea at Mornington

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The Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat who, along with their colleagues from Skerries RNLI, Drogheda Coastguard, Gardaí and The Ambulance Service were involved in today's dramatic rescue at Mornington.

Four children and two adults taken from the rocks by emergency services

There were dramatic scenes at the beach at Mornington this afternoon when six people, two adults and four children, had to be rescued by emergency services from rocks at the mouth of the river Boyne.

It is thought that the four children had been swimming in the sea but when the tide turned to go out they found themselves being carried out to sea.

They managed to clamber on to the rocks of the defence wall called the rock armour and raise the alarm. One of the adults, thought to be the mother of at least one of the children, waded out to them despite being heavily pregnant.

The Drogheda Coastguard, Clogherhead and Skerries Lifeboat, Gardaí and the Ambulance Service were called to the scene at around 2.45 and between them managed to remove all six people from the rocks.

Two of the people involved were injured and were transferred by the Drogheda Coastguard to the Clogherhead Lifeboat who brought them to the jetty at the old fishmeal factory in Mornington and then transferred to hospital by ambulance.

The other four were assisted into the Skerries lifeboat and taken ashore at the same jetty. At one stage a member of the public swam out to offer his assistance to the children on the rocks.

The Coastguard Rescue 116 helicopter was also called to the scene to offer assistance but was not needed.

The rescue operation was witnessed by a large crowd of people as the beach was packed in the good

This latest event comes just two days after two people got into difficulty whilst surfing during high winds off Blackrock, Co Louth.

Rescue 116 was on scene and winched the two people to safety and flew them to Drogheda as they were suffering from hypothermia.

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