Skerries RNLI rescue kayaker stranded on St. Patrick's island

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI were tasked on Sunday (22 September) shortly before 6pm after Dublin Coast Guard received a 999 call from a man stranded on St. Patricks island.

Skerries RNLI returning the kayaker to shore at the lifeboat station

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI returning the kayaker to shore at the lifeboat station

The Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat was launched by the volunteer crew and made it’s way around the headland to Shenick island. The man was quickly spotted on the shore and the lifeboat was manoeuvred near to the shoreline before a crew member was sent ashore to check on his condition.

The man, who was cold and wet but otherwise unharmed, had been kayaking around the island when he struck a rock and holed his kayak. He managed to swim to the island and dial 999 using his mobile phone which had been secured in a waterproof casing.

He was taken on board the lifeboat and brought to the station where he warmed up and received some dry clothes. No further treatment was required.

Conditions at the time were a force 3 south easterly wind.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘It’s been a busy weekend for our volunteers with two callouts in just over 24 hours. Both incidents ended well thankfully, it shows the importance of always carrying a means of contacting the shore to call for help.’

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email [email protected] or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or [email protected]

Skerries RNLI volunteer crew member making their way ashore at Shenick island

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI volunteer crew member making their way ashore

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