Sligo Bay RNLI launch to assist lone surfer ahead of Storm Ellen

Lifeboats News Release

Sligo Bay RNLI was requested to assist a lone surfer ahead of Storm Ellen at 8.33pm yesterday evening (19 August).

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Sligo Bay RNLI

In freshening 14 knots of south easterly winds, four volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat and headed to Strandhill.

Following multiple calls to the Irish Coast Guard from concerned members of the public, a lone surfer appeared to be heading out to sea in the fading light.

Assisted by the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 118 from Sligo, the lifeboat crew located the surfer who was able to make their own way ashore. The lifeboat remained on the scene until they were safely ashore.

Speaking following the call out, Aisling Gillen, Sligo Bay RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'Thankfully this was a happy ending. We would remind everyone of the importance of paying heed to safety warnings during periods of stormy weather and exercise extreme caution. Stay back, stay high and stay dry.'

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