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Ballycotton RNLI rescue kite surfer in difficulty in Ballycotton Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Ballycotton RNLI was launched at approximately 10.30am this morning (Monday 26 June) to aid a kite surfer who had got into difficulty in Ballycotton Bay.

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The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat following numerous reports from members of the public. The all-weather lifeboat remained on standby for the duration of the launch should further assistance been required.

Weather conditions at the time were described as mild with light winds.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew brought the kite surfer onboard the lifeboat where they were medically assessed. The crew then determined that the casualty was in need of no further medical attention and was brought safely back to shore.

Speaking following the call out, Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh said: ‘We would like to commend the numerous members of the public who raised the alarm this morning for their vigilance. Their quick thinking contributed to a positive outcome for all involved. We reminded everyone taking to the sea this summer to respect the water no matter what their activity.’

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