Arklow and Wicklow RNLI respond to report of overdue kayakers
Three lifeboats from Arklow and Wicklow RNLI launched following pager alerts this afternoon (Sunday 13 August).
The Irish Coast Guard had been alerted by friends of two kayakers, who it was reported were overdue back at Ennereilly Strand, north of Arklow.
In worsening slight seas, Arklow's all-weather lifeboat proceeded to the last reported position of the kayakers in the vicinity of the northernmost wind turbine on Arklow Bank approximately eight miles from shore and established a search pattern.
Given the large search area it was decided to launch both Wicklow's all-weather and inshore lifeboats and the Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116 from Dublin was also tasked to assist in the search.
On the second leg of the search approximately one mile east of Mizen Head, the kayakers were located by Arklow's lifeboat and Rescue 116. The kayakers were in good spirits and heading toward the shore and unaware the search was ongoing for them.
Given that conditions were expected to worsen it was decided to take them aboard Arklow's lifeboat, which then returned to Arklow, where the kayakers came ashore safely.
Following the call out, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'Thankfully we were able to locate both these people today. If any members of the public ever see anyone in distress or know that someone is overdue back to shore, they need to contact 999 or 112 and alert the Coast Guard who will then request the emergency services to the area. We would remind people to respect the water and also to always carry a means of calling for help and be contactable.'
All Photos Mark Corcoran/Brendan Dillon/Arklow RNLI
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