The search for the swimmer who went missing on Tuesday evening off Tullan Strand in Bundoran is now in its 6th day. A sizeable search party including Bundoran RNLI, Killybegs Coast Guard, Irish Coast Guard, Irish Defence Forces, Irish Air Corps, Irish Naval Service, Civil Defence, Donegal Mountain Rescue Team and the Garda Siochana continue to search the area in the hope of finding the man. The search area is concentrating on the Tullan Strand area and also along the coastline of Donegal Bay.
The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were this evening (Tuesday 23rd August) requested to launch to reports of swimmers in difficulty off Tullan Strand in Bundoran. An emergency call had been placed to Malin Head Coast Guard just before 6pm and within minutes the lifeboat was in the water and heading to the scene.
Members of the shore crew also went to the cliffs to assist the operation. On arriving at Tullan Strand, in a very heavy breaking swell, the lifeboat and the Rescue 118 helicopter commenced a search for one missing swimmer who was part of a group of 5 males. It is believed the other four were able to make their own way to shore with the assistance of local surfers. Members of An Garda Siochana and the Defence Forces also helped with the search whilst HSE ambulances treated two of the swimmers for intake of water, who were subsequently taken to Sligo University Hospital.
Following an extensive search nothing was found and the search will resume at daylight tomorrow morning. (24th August).
Lifeboat Press Officer