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Dun Laoghaire RNLI comes to the aid of a windsurfer at Monkstown

Lifeboats News Release

Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a windsurfer who got into difficulty at Monkstown at the back of the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire last Sunday.

RNLI/Sarah Hipwell

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 2.05pm (Sunday January 13). A windsurfer had got into difficulty at Monkstown and was spotted by passers-by who alerted the Coast Guard.

The weather conditions were fresh with choppy seas.

Once on the scene, the lifeboat crew of three, checked that the windsurfer was safe and uninjured. He was then brought ashore to Monkstown.

Commenting after the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Helm Damien Payne said:

‘The windsurfer did the right thing by staying with his board coupled with the quick action taken by the public to alert the Coast Guard. We would remind people of the importance of carrying a means of communication.’


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