The swimmer, who is believed to be in his 30s, was stranded two and a half miles from Tralee Bay, Republic of Ireland, on Sunday. The ill-prepared Irishman was found after 12 hours stranded in the icy waters, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit.
The rescuer at the scene said: “He was only wearing one pair of underpants.
“He didn’t have a wetsuit. Nothing.
The Irish respondent from the RNLI also recalled that when he and his colleagues finally located the anonymous swimmer, he was surrounded by “lots of dolphins”.
He said, “Maybe they helped him somehow – who knows ?.”
A Fenit RNLI lifeboat picked up the unfortunate hypothermic at 8:15 p.m. Sunday.
The swimmer informed lifeguards that he intended to swim to Mucklaghmore Rock, over 5 miles from where he left on Castlegregory Beach.
Fenit RNLI volunteer Jackie Murphy reportedly said it was a “miracle” the swimmer had survived and hailed coxswain, Finbarr O’Connell, with his rescue.
Mr O’Connell was credited with saving the individual after estimating the swimmer’s location using his knowledge of tidal patterns in the area.
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“We are all delighted.”
He added, “He was very, very lucky.
“There is no doubt about that.
“Another half hour, and he was gone.
“None of us or the doctors can believe he survived it.”
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This notice was published: 2021-08-26 06:06:56