Friday, April 01, 2011

Incident Report

Howth RNLI’s All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) launched this afternoon to reports of five endangered kayakers whose kayak had over turned. 

The lifeboat crew assisted in the search for the endangered kayakers, who were in the water off Malahide, while a full gale force wind blew. With sea conditions being so rough, the coastguard helicopter also attended, eventually winching two of the kayakers on board. 

The remaining kayakers managed to scramble onto the north beach at Malahide. The helicopter subsequently winched them to safety, and transferred them to awaiting ambulances at Dublin Airport. 

It has been a busy period for Howth Lifeboat crew, who have been tasked three times this week alone. The pleasant weather has increased number of people using the sea for pleasure, simultaneously increasing the demand for the 24 hour rescue service the RNLI provides. 

Howth Lifeboat Operations Manager Rupert Jeffares says...“It is imperative to check the weather before putting to sea for any reason, these kayakers were extremely lucky today given the rough conditions”.

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