Crosshaven RNLI rescues family members after kayak capsizes in Cork Harbour
Crosshaven RNLI came to the aid of a family yesterday after their double kayak capsized after being hit by the wake of a passing vessel throwing a father and his four-year-old son into the water.
The child was very cold after spending 20 to 30 minutes in the water and initially the crew were very concerned for his welfare. The crew warmed the child up in what was warm sunshine and continued to monitor him. Eventually, the child was eating and drinking with no signs of distress and it was decided to transport the family and their kayaks back to their vehicle at Paddy’s Point slipway.
Crew on this service were Helm David Venner in command with Norman Jackson, Derek Moynan and Alan Venner. Launch and recovery crew were JP English (Deputy Launching Authority), Michael McCann and Jon Meaney.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.