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Kite-surfers rescued off Dollymount Strand

1st October 2009
Kite-surfers rescued off Dollymount Strand

Dun Laoghaire's Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was called to assist two kite-surfers off Dollymount Strand on Friday (September 25th).

The incident occurred shortly before 3pm when a novice kite-surfer lost control and started to be carried away from the beach by a fresh westerly wind. A second kite-surfer went to his assistance and both managed to reach the rocky breakwater of the North Bull Wall but were unable to reach safety.

The Irish Coastguard tasked its Rescue Helicopter from Dublin Airport that landed its winchman to the stranded kite-surfers. The Dun Laoghaire ILB was tasked to assist at the scene and brought all three persons to the beach where both casualties were checked on the helicopter that had landed on a clear section of strand.

Neither required hospital treatment and both walked to their cars along with the runaway kite that had also been retrieved by the ILB about one mile out to sea.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
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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.

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The RNLI currently operates from 46 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two category types: all-weather and inshore.

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