Nine people rescued from Omey Island by Clifden RNLI

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Nine people were rescued from Omey Island on Monday by Clifden RNLI after they got stranded on the island due to poor weather conditions.

The lifeboat launched just before 4pm on Monday under the command of volunteer helm, Kenny Flaherty.

The Clifden RNLI crew made two trips back to the shore at Claddaghduff and safely returned all nine people.

There was heavy rain at the time of the rescue, however those stranded on the island were found to be well and in good spirits.

Speaking after the shout, Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, John Brittain, reminded locals and visitors to always check tide times and heights before venturing out, and to always make sure they have enough time to return safely.

“If you do get cut off by the tide, it is important to stay where you are and not attempt a return to shore on your own as that may be when the danger presents and you get into difficulty,” he said.

“Always carry a means of communication and should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”