Arklow RNLI launch to kitesurfer and windsurfer in difficulty
Arklow RNLI lifeboat was launched at approximately 2.04pm (13 August 2018) following a pager alert, to a kitesurfer and windsurfer both reported to be in difficulty.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched to reports of two people person in difficulty just South of Mizen head. The incident had initially been called in to the Coast Guard by a beach Lifeguard on duty near Brittas Bay.
With strong tides in the area, Arklow Lifeboat proceeded to the scene. Upon arrival, the lifeboat crew were made aware that the casualties had made it ashore safely and the lifeboat was stood down.
Following the callout, Mark Corcoran Arklow RNLI Volunteer Press Officer and Community Safety Officer said,
'Thanks to the quick thinking of the local beach lifeguard, our lifeboat was launched early enough to be on scene to assist if necessary. People should never hesitate in calling us out. Before going out people need to check the tides andweather and make themselves aware of local hazards and always carry a mean of calling for help.'
All Photos Mark Corcoran/Arklow RNLI
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email email@example.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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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.