Fenit RNLI responds to call to assist windsurfer near the Maharees Islands

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Fenit RNLI responded to a call for assistance by Valentia Coast Guard at approximately 5.12pm yesterday (Sunday 14 March).

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Concerns were raised for a windsurfer in the Maharees Islands area near Castlegregory on the north side of the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry.

Fenit RNLI launched its all-weather lifeboat with a full crew on board the vessel. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 based in Shannon also attended the scene. The search was co-ordinated by the Valentia Coast Guard.

A search of the area was underway when notification was received that the windsurfer had safely made his way ashore.

Speaking following the call out, Finbarr O’Connell, Fenit RNLI Coxswain said: 'Fenit RNLI are delighted with 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 to sea.

'The RNLI is a 24/7/365 service and we encourage people to be familiar with the emergency services number of 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard and to never be afraid to call for the service if any concerns exist.'

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