Skerries RNLI responded yesterday evening (15 May) to reports of a personal water craft in distress off the Martello tower in Loughshinny.
Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI just after 6pm, having receiving a 999 call about a person on a personal water craft who appeared to be signalling for help. The location was given as being in line with the Martello tower situated on a headland near Loughshinny harbour.
The lifeboat was launched with volunteer Eoin Grimes at the Helm and crewed by Emma Wilson, Steven Johnson and AJ Hughes.
Arriving on scene the crew quickly located the casualty, a 17 year old man, whose personal watercraft had encountered mechanical difficulties and was drifting. The man was taken on board the lifeboat and his vessel was taken under tow. He was returned to portmarnock beach where he had friends waiting to offer assistance. The lifeboat then returned to station.
Speaking after the call out, Niall McGrotty, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Skerries RNLI said: ‘With the good weather meaning more people are taking to the sea, we would like to remind people that it is advisable to have their vessels fully serviced after the winter and to always carry a means of contacting the shore.’
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