Galway RNLI rescued six people who got into difficulty in the sea off Rabbit Island yesterday evening.
The group, who had walked over to the island at low tide, became stranded by the incoming tide and were attempting to swim back to shore when they got into difficulty.
The volunteer crew at Galway RNLI were requested to launch their inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat at 5.30pm by the Irish Coast Guard, after a member of the public spotted one of the group getting into the water and attempting to swim back to shore.
Concerned that the group was going to get into difficulty, they immediately raised the alarm.
The lifeboat helmed by David Oliver and with crew members Brian Niland, Martin Oliver and Cathal Byrne onboard, launched within minutes and made its way to the scene approximately 10 minutes from the station.
Weather conditions at the time were good with hot weather, flat calm seas, clear skies and good visibility.
Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew observed six people in the water attempting to swim the quarter of a mile back to shore.
With one of the group struggling and in great difficulty, the crew first went to their rescue taking the casualty out of the water and bringing them safely onboard the lifeboat.
The crew then rescued the five others onto the lifeboat before returning them all safely back to shore at Murroogh House.