Swimmer rescued from Lough Swilly

source: BBC
original: BBC
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date: Monday, 26 May 2008 10:49 UK

A major air and sea rescue operation was launched in Lough Swilly during the weekend after a swimmer went missing off Lisfannon beach.

A support boat following the swimmer from Stragill to Fahan Marina in County Donegal lost sight of him on Friday evening.

The Irish coastguard launched a lifeboat and rescue helicopter, and local boats helped in the search.

The swimmer was found safe and well near Fahan Creek.

Joe Joyce from Lough Swilly lifeboat station said the man had been training for a long-distance swim.

"Halfway into the swim the party in the boat lost contact with the swimmer.

"He saw all the commotion, but wasn't aware it was for himself.

"Everybody acted correctly - if you're in doubt, call out the emergency services.

"That's what we're there for - we would rather go out and be stood down than have to deal with a more serious situation," he said.