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Dun Laoghaire & Wicklow RNLI comes to the aid of paddle boarder in distress just

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Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a paddle boarder who got into difficulty between Bray Head and Greystones.

RNLI/wicklow Lifeboat Station

Wicklow ALB

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat (ALB) at 12.03pm (Sunday January 27). The ALB launched at 12.20pm. A paddle boarder had got into difficulty between Bray Head and Greystones.

The Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116 and Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat were also tasked to the incident south of Bray head

The weather conditions were not good with strong gale force winds.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat crew of seven spotted the casualty who was clinging to his board and appeared in trouble. Thirty nine minutes after the launch, the crew had the casualty onboard the ALB. The crew quickly assessed he was suffering from serious hypothermia.

The casualty was airlifted to hospital by the Coast Guard. Wicklow RNLI lifeboat recovered the paddle board and stood by as the casualty was winched onto the helicopter.

Commenting after the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Second Coxswain, Eamon O’Leary said:

‘The paddle boarder had suffered serious hypothermia when we arrived on the scene. It was a close call but he did the right thing in calling the Coast Guard who were quick to send out 116 along with Wicklow RNLI. It was fantastic team work by all involved.’

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