Skerries RNLI launch to reports of kayaker in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI launched yesterday afternoon (Thursday 16 July) following a 999 call to Dublin Coast Guard reporting that a kayaker appeared to be in difficulty near Loughshinny.

Skerries RNLI approaching Loughshinny Martello tower

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI approaching Loughshinny Martello tower

The volunteer crew launched the lifeboat shortly after 3pm and proceeded to Loughshinny. The position given by the caller indicated that the kayaker was in line with the Martello tower on the headland.

The volunteer crew spotted the kayak, however when approached he reported that he was not in fact in any difficulty and was heading towards the harbour. The lifeboat stood by until the kayak proceeded into the harbour and it was confirmed that it was the same kayak the member of public had reported. They were stood down by Dublin Coast Guard and returned to Skerries.

The lifeboat and the station were disinfected and made ready for the next service.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘In this case it was a false alarm with good intent. The caller was genuinely concerned and did the right thing dialling 999 and asking for the Coast Guard’


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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email gerryjcanning@gmail.com or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk


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