Fenit RNLI lifeboats respond to call of upturned kayaks sighted near Banna Beach
The volunteer crew of Fenit RNLI responded to a call for assistance by Valentia Coast Guard at approximately 1pm yesterday (Sunday 21 February) when reports were received that two upturned kayaks had been seen in the Banna Strand area.
Fenit RNLI launched both its all-weather lifeboat and its inshore lifeboat with a full crew onboard both vessels.
Upon arrival at the scene of the reported sighting, the Coast Guard advised Fenit RNLI that all people were safe and accounted for at that time. It is understood that the kayaks washed ashore shortly thereafter.
Speaking following the call out, Jackie Murphy, Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Our volunteer team here in Fenit RNLI were delighted that there was a safe and positive outcome for all concerned. As always this is an opportunity to remind all users of the sea to be as prepared as possible when going out or taking part in any activity, even of a day when the sea in the area appears so calm as weather conditions were good at the time.
‘The RNLI is a 24/7 365 day a year search and rescue service. We always encourage people to be familiar with the emergency services numbers of 999 or 112. If you get into difficulty or see someone in trouble, dial one of those numbers and ask for the Coast Guard.’
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RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Jackie Murphy, Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 832 2605 or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 00353 87 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Regional Media Manager on 00353 87 1254 124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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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.