Union Hall RNLI goes to the aid of one person in a punt.
Union Hall RNLI were paged by Valentia Coast Guard at 08.55am today (Friday 19th August) to go to the aid of one person in a punt.
The lifeboat Christine and Raymond Fielding under helm Stephen Hurley with crew members Charlie Deasy and Richie O’Mahony were underway at 09.00am to go to the assistance of the vessel which was between High and Low Island just outside Glandore harbour.
Once on scene the person told them that the wind had picked up and they were hit by a squall, so they decided to call for help. The conditions at sea at the time were westerly wind, force 4/5 with a one metre swell, so the lifeboat escorted the punt to the nearest safe and suitable port of Carrigillihy bay.
Stephen Hurley, Union Hall RNLI Helm said: ‘the person did everything right, they were wearing a lifejacket and called for assistance when the wind picked up. Our advice is when going out on the water ensure that everyone is wearing a lifejacket, carrying a means of communication, wearing suitable clothing. Also, let someone know where you are going and what time to expect you back.’
Check RNLI.org/respectthewater for safety tips.
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