Rescue operations were underway yesterday by the Wicklow RNLI after two teenage girls drifted out to sea on an inflatable toy, understood to have been a rubber ring.
The incident occurred off the coast of Silver Strand beach near Wicklow Head. Operations Manager at Wicklow RNLI Mary Aldridge stated that they were alerted at approximately 5:20pm yesterday about two girls getting into difficulty on the beach.
A lifeboat was dispatched to the scene, where two men on the beach had gone out to help the girls by getting them onto the rocks.
A smaller lifeboat was dispatched in order to get to the rocks before managing to take them on board. They were transferred to a larger lifeboat where they were winched onto the Rescue 116 helicopter and transferred to Dublin Airport.
It is understood that the two girls were transferred to CHI at Temple Street by ambulance while the two men did not require any medical treatment.
Mary Aldridge has urged children and parents to not use inflatable toys in the sea and added they are only safely suited for swimming pools.
Describing them as lethal when used in the sea, she said that even when the water looks calm with gusts, you can still be taken out 100 metres before you realise it.