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Dun Laoghaire RNLI comes to the aid of a kite surfer off Killiney Bay

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Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a kitesurfer who got into difficulty at White Rock, just off Killiney Bay.

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The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat (ILB) at 6.27pm (Saturday July 14). A kitesurfer had got into difficulty off Killiney Bay and was spotted by passers-by who alerted the Coast Guard.

The weather conditions were light winds with good visibility.

The wind had dropped and the kitesurfer was drifting out to sea. He decided to abandon his kitesurf and swim to shore. Once on the scene, the lifeboat crew of three, checked that the kitesurfer was safe and uninjured. They also successfully recovered his kitesurf.

Commenting after the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Helm Chris Watson, who is also a member of Dublin Fire Brigade and a paramedic said: ‘The casualty did the right thing by abandoning his kitesurf and swam to shore. It’s also important to tell someone where you are going and when you are due back.’

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