Sligo Bay RNLI launch to assist lone surfer ahead of Storm Ellen
Sligo Bay RNLI was requested to assist a lone surfer ahead of Storm Ellen at 8.33pm yesterday evening (19 August).
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.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.