Young Surfers In Lucky Escape Near Doolin

Photo © Pat Flynn

A major search and rescue operation was mounted this afternoon after two young boys got into difficulty while surfing off Co Clare.

The alarm was raised at around 4.45pm when the Irish Coast Guard received a report that two boys, after 12 and 14, were in difficulty in the sea off Ballaghaline Point near Doolin.


It’s understood that the boy’s mother called emergency services and watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry quickly mounted a search and rescue operation.

Volunteers from the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard were alerted while the Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter and National Ambulance Service were also tasked.

As search and rescue services made their way to the scene, the two young boys managed to make it ashore safely.

The crews of two local ferries also assisted while the Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat was tasked and requested to make its way to the scene but was stood down soon afterwards.

Once it was confirmed that both surfers were safe and well, the search and rescue operation was stood down.