A Timely Rescue in Spanish Point

We have had fabulous weather mid June, though for two people one sunny weekend nearly ended in tragedy.


Clare County Council Lifeguards continued to keep visitors to our beautiful beaches and lakes safe by managing the swimming areas and advising members of the public.

However, with lots of waves in Spanish Point, Lahinch and Fanore, the rip currents there were particularly dangerous. Two adults swimming in Spanish Point at 19.20, twenty minutes after the Lifeguard service ended, swam into a large rip current which pulled them away from shore. Two off-duty Lifeguards, Bernard & Roisín Cahill, while driving past the beach, spotted the swimmers, recognised the danger and carried out a timely rescue.

The photo of Spanish point attached shows a deep pool in the shallows which is actually the start of a deep channel cut by a rip current. This current is particularly active on days when there are lots of waves because it brings all the water back out to sea.


Please always swim in Lifeguarded areas, and be informed of the dangers. Well done to Bernard and Roisín on going beyond the call of duty, and to all our Lifeguards who keep us safe in the water.



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