“An incoming tide left nine people stranded on a sandbank. It all happended in 15 minutes.”
David Farrelly, Lifeguard, County Dublin
Strandings are a regular occurrence at beaches all over Ireland. When the tides goes out, sandbanks are revealed, often with just a small amount of water around them. These little islands are magnets for adults and children alike. Walkers can also be drawn to them. However, when the tide turns, what may have been only a few inches of water can quickly become a few metres. People find themselves cut off from shore and surrounded by water that is out of their depth.