Howth RNLI rescue kitesurfer after getting in difficulty off Portmarnock Beach

Lifeboats News Release

Howth RNLI launched their Inshore Lifeboat today (Sunday 29 December) to multiple reports of a kitesurfer in difficulty in the water just off the beach in Portmarnock.


The RNLI pagers sounded at 11.40am after multiple calls to the Coast Guard from concerned members of the public who spotted a Kitesurfer having difficulties in the waters just off Portmarnock beach.

Howth RNLI volunteer crew members launched the Inshore Lifeboat within twelve minutes of getting the call and proceeded to the area. There they quickly located the casualty 200 metres off the beach. Howth Coast Guard were also tasked ashore at Portmarnock Beach.

The casualty was taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over. They were in good spirits, unharmed by the incident and returned safely to shore.

The wind was Force 5 and the sea state was rough at the time.

Speaking following the call out, Colm Newport, Howth RNLI LOM said: ‘We were delighted to assist the kitesurfer after they found themselves in difficulty. The members of the public on the beach had quickly radioed for assistance which was the correct thing to do and we were able to launch and bring the kitesurfer to safety.’


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