Courtmacsherry RNLI called to help kayaker off the Old Head of Kinsale
Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat Frederick Storey Cockburn was called out this afternoon (Wednesday 25 May 25) at 3.15pm, by Valentia Coast Guard, when a lone kayaker got into difficulties on the western side of the Old Head of Kinsale.
Within minutes of the crew pagers being activated, the lifeboat under Coxswain Mark John Gannon and a crew of five was launched and headed at speed to the scene of the alert.
The conditions at sea this afternoon were of strong winds creating a strong swell off the coast.
Also tasked was the Coast Guard Rescue 117 Helicopter which was exercising in Cork Harbour, the Kinsale RNLI lifeboat, the Old Head / Seven Heads Coast Guard Unit and naval vessels that were on patrol in the near vicinity.
The incident happened beneath the rocky cliff-face near the 16th Hole on the Old Head Golf Course. As the lifeboats and the helicopter arrived on scene within 20 minutes of the call out, the casualty had been blown on to the rocks and had succeeded in climbing up the cliff-face to the 16th Golf green above.
The lifeboats recovered the kayak from the water and the Coast Guard unit assessed the casualty who was very happy to be on the safe surrounds of the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Course.
Philip White, Courtmacsherry RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: 'It was great to see the quick reaction of all our volunteers this afternoon who dropped whatever they were at and rushed to the station in order to have the lifeboat underway in minutes, to help someone in distress. The people on the golf course deserve great praise for alerting the rescue agencies quickly by ringing 999 or 112, as a fast response to an incident like this was so important, if the person was not physically able to climb the rock-face.'
The Courtmacsherry lifeboat crew this afternoon were Coxswain Mark John Gannon, Duty Mechanic Dave Philips and crew members Ken Cashman, Kevin Young, Conor Dullea and Paul McCarthy.
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