Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescues 2 stand-up paddleboarders who get into difficulty
Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescued two stand-up paddleboarders who got into difficulty off Seapoint in Dublin Bay last Saturday (25 June).
The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 12.55pm by the Irish Coast Guard. The alarm was raised by lifeguards who were on patrol at Seapoint and observed the two stand-up paddleboarders experiencing difficulty some distance out in Dublin Bay.
The D class lifeboat with three crewmembers onboard, launched at 1.06pm and arrived on scene six minutes later at 1.12pm.
Weather conditions at the time were fresh to blustery with a Force 5 wind, a slight sea state and waves up to 1.25m.
Once on scene, the crew quickly located the two casualties and brought them onboard the lifeboat where they were assessed and found to be safe and well. The lifeboat then safely returned them ashore at Seapoint.
Speaking following the call out, Eamon O’Leary, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘We would like to wish the paddleboarders well after they got caught out by a change in weather conditions at sea on Saturday.
‘As the summer holidays get underway this week, we would like to remind anybody planning an activity at sea to check weather forecasts and tide times before venturing out. Always carry a means of communication and always let someone on the shore know where you are going and when you are due back. Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.
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