Malin Head’s local knowledge ‘crucial’ in Lough Swilly rescue

A rescue operation is over on Lough Swilly this afternoon after a man taken from the sea onto the Lough Swilly Lifeboat and airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

The rescue was coordinated by the Malin Head Marine Rescue Centre, which is potentially facing closure following a review earlier this year.

Joe Joyce of the Lough Swilly Lifeboat outlines how the rescue unfolded..........

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The RNLI has praised Malin Head Coastguard Station's handling of the emergency saying the outcome might have been different had they not been involved.

Derek Flanagan is the Divisional Controller at the Malin Head base - He says the level of local knowledge they bring to rescues is significant.....

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