Helvick Head RNLI assists in rescue of kayakers in Dungarvan Bay
Helvick Head RNLI was involved in the rescue of kayakers who got into difficulty in Dungarvan Bay yesterday evening (Sunday 7 August).
The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat Robert Armstrong, just after 6.30pm following a report that three people in kayaks were experiencing difficulties due to strong winds and currents in the Ballyvoile area of Dungarvan Bay.
One man had made his way ashore but was stuck on rocks and was in need of medical assistance. He was airlifted by the Irish Coast Guard helicopter to Waterford Regional Hospital. A second woman was helped from her kayak by the lifeboat crew and brought ashore at Clonea Beach, close by. The third person was successful in reaching the shore.
The lifeboat helmed by John Condon and with crew members Shane Walsh and Joe Foley onboard, later returned to the scene to recover a kayak from the rocks.
Speaking following the call out, John Condon, Helvick Head RNLI Helm said: ‘Strong winds and the tide made it difficult for the casualties to get ashore and they were struggling so the lifeboat was essential in ensuring the safe recovery of the second kayaker as well as in assisting the helicopter. We would like to wish all three kayakers well after their ordeal.
‘We would encourage any visitors to the coast this summer to enjoy themselves but to remember to respect the water. Always carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach. Wear a personal floatation device. Check the weather and tides. Tell someone else where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Wear appropriate clothing for the conditions and your trip.’
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Further information: Dónal Ó Faoláin 087 1277881, Helvick Head RNLI Public Relations Officer
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.