Derrynane Inshore Rescue responded to an emergency 999 phone call at 8.43a.m on Friday the 10th of July along with Ballinskelligs CRBI, Knightstown Coast Guard and Waterville Coast Guard.
A Good Samaritan was walking along the beach in Ballinskelligs when they thought they heard someone shouting for Help. They immediate called 999 and asked for the Coast guard. They had no visual sighting of anyone and they were not sure if they actually heard someone. They did the right thing to call the emergency services.
Derrynane Inshore was mobile at 9.01 and arrived on scene at 9.15. We immediately started a sector search with Ballinskelligs CRBI along the coast, while shore teams of Waterville Coast Guard worked on land.
After a short time Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter R115 arrived on scene and commenced a search from the air.
After a thorough multi-agency search were no one was found and no reports of missing people the search was called off at 10.45. There was also a large camp site located just behind the area the person heard a shout for help. She could have been mistaken.
This call out is classified as “False Alarm with Good Intent”. On behave of all search and rescue units we have no problem with these callouts. We prefer attending a callout in which someone thought they heard/saw someone in difficulty, than attending one in which we are looking for a missing person due to no alarm being raised.
Please do not hesitate to call 112/999 if you believe you see someone in difficultly. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
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