Skerries RNLI rescues two paddle boarders

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI rescued two paddle boarders this afternoon (28 March) after strong currents and offshore winds prevented them from making their way back to shore.

Skerries RNLI returning to station with the paddle boarders on board.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI returning to station with the paddle boarders on board.

Shortly before 2.30pm this afternoon a retired Skerries RNLI volunteer noticed a man and woman struggling to make their way ashore on their paddle boards near Red Island in Skerries. He alerted the Lifeboat Operations Manager for the station and following a brief discussion it was decided that the pair were not making any progress. Dublin Coast Guard were contacted and the decision was taken to page the volunteer crew and launch the lifeboat.

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat “Louis Simson” was launched, rounding the headland at Red Island and arriving on scene in a matter of minutes. The man and woman were both extremely tired from fighting against the wind and tide. They were taken on board the lifeboat along with their paddle boards. A first aid assessment was carried out, but aside from being exhausted they did not require any further medical assistance.

They were returned safely to the beach at the lifeboat station. The lifeboat and station were deep cleaned and made ready for the next call out.

At the time there was a force six south west wind blowing and a slight chop in the sea.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘It doesn’t matter how good your equipment is, or how prepared you are, things can still go wrong at sea. We would remind anyone going to sea to carry a means of contacting the shore for help, even if you do not intend to go far. Something as simple as a phone in a waterproof pouch can make all the difference.”

RNLI media contacts

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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