Busy weekend for coastguard in Dungloe

surfIt was an extremely busy weekend for the coastguard in Donegal with no less than three callouts.

On Saturday three surfers where rescued, a man had to be airlifted to hospital in Dungloe and yesterday a trawler had to be towed to shore.

On Saturday evening three surfers got into difficulty at Tullan Strand in Bundoran after they were swept out to sea.

A member of the public spotted the situation and quickly called the emergency services.

The three surfers from Dublin were quickly located with the help of RNLI, the lifeboat took all three on board and proceeded back to the lifeboat station.

One of the casualties had taken on a lot of water and had oxygen administered to him on his return to the lifeboat station where a waiting ambulance transferred him to Sligo General Hospital for further observation.

Meanwhile a man in his sixties was airlifted from Dungloe on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.

It is understood the man was in the Main Street area when he suffered the seizure.

He was attended to by ambulance personnel who requested assistance from Malin Head Coast Guard to task the Rescue 118 chopper.

The patient was taken to a nearby football pitch at the shore front from where he was airlifted to Letterkenny General Hospital.

And in Bundoran yesterday a boat with four people on board had to be towed to safety near Mermaid’s Cove at Mullaghmore.