Crosshaven RNLI involved in rescue of missing kayaker who had lucky escape

Lifeboats News Release

A large multi agency operation was launched this afternoon (Thursday 1 August) after a kayaker was reported missing after his two man kayak capsized between Fountainstown and Myrtleville.

RNLI/Jon Mathers

Crosshaven RNLI
The volunteers of Crosshaven RNLI were requested at 1.37pm to attend the area after one of the kayakers made it to shore and raised the alarm.

On scene, the lifeboat initiated a search of the area, before being informed the second occupant had also made it to shore on their own and had checked in with the authorities.

The crew of the lifeboat recovered the kayak into the care of Crosshaven Coast Guard at Fountainstown beach. The two casualties had no medical issues.

Rescue helicopter 117 was also tasked along with Crosshaven Coast Guard. A RIB was also launched from the Naval Vessel, LE George Bernard Shaw to the scene.

The lifeboat under the command of Aidan O’Connor with Molly Murphy and Jenna O’Shea returned to the station and declared ready for service at 3.20pm.

Commenting on the incident, Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Patsy Fegan reminded all water users to carry a means of calling for help when afloat, whether it be a VHF, a mobile phone in a waterproof jacket or flares.


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