Union Hall RNLI bring 15 kayakers to safety off Castlehaven
A group of kayakers were brought to safety late last night (Thursday 18 August) by Union Hall RNLI after they got into difficulty during a night-time kayaking expedition off Castlehaven in Cork.
Union Hall RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 10.45pm and proceeded to the scene. When they arrived they learned that the two kayakers originally thought missing had made it to safety on shore and the rest of the group requested assistance to get back to land.
It was decided to take the group off their kayaks and bring them onto the lifeboat before bringing them the short distance to Reen Pier. The 15 people were helped onboard the Atlantic 85 lifeboat while their kayaks were towed back to shore.
Commenting on the callout Union Hall RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John Kelleher said, ‘This was a large group for our inshore lifeboat to assist and our volunteer crew did well in ensuring that everyone was taken onboard quickly and safely. The weather conditions were challenging for the lifeboat crew to get from their base in Union Hall over to Castlehaven but thankfully conditions on scene were much calmer.’
‘With the call for help coming in quite early and the lifeboat crew on scene quickly we were able to get the situation under control in a short time with everyone accounted for and safely brought ashore.’
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For more information please contact Pamela Deasy Union Hall RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 086 3202 073 or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org
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