Youghal RNLI tasked twice in one evening
The volunteer crew of Youghal RNLI were tasked this evening (16 January 2021) to reports of people seen on the rocks near Easter pointl, whilst conducting the search they were tasked to reports of Kayakers in trouble near Capel Island.
Launching at 6 pm in calm conditions, the inshore lifeboat began a search of the area around Easter point with the Ardmore and Youghal Coast Guard units searching on land. During this search the crew received a report of kayakers in trouble near Capel Island.
Youghal lifeboat were then tasked to go to Capel Island, along with Ballycotton RNLI, Youghal Coast Guard unit and Rescue helicopter 117. On arrival the crew could see flickering lights coming from the Island.
Two crew members from Youghal RNLI went onshore and found four members of the public safe and well, and planning to camp on the Island. The call out was treated as a false alarm with good intent and the crew were stood down from this call and asked to return to Easter point to continue the original search.
After a thorough search of the Easter point area with nothing found the crew were stood down at 7.38 pm and returned to the station.
Speaking after the call outs, Derry Walsh, Youghal RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Although both call outs this evening proved to be false alarms with good intent, I would urge the public to always call 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard if they think they see someone in trouble, it is always better to be safe than sorry’
Notes to editors
Photo 1. Derry Walsh
Photo 2. Kevin Daly
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