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'Kayak Floating in the Sea' Prompts Fethard RNLI Call Out

1st January 2018
Fethard RNLI launch to recover abandoned kayak Fethard RNLI launch to recover abandoned kayak Photo: RNLI/Fethard

Fethard RNLI launched its inshore lifeboat this afternoon (Monday January 1 2018) to conduct a joint search with Fethard Coast Guard after a reported sighting of a kayak floating in the sea in the water off Crooke Chapel, Passage East, Waterford.

Fethard Lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm. They quickly assembled at the station and the lifeboat immediately proceeded to Duncannon beach where they launched to carry out a search for the Kayak.

Weather conditions at the time were choppy with a strong west north west Force 6 wind.

The crew located the kayak which had run aground at Glenwater Bay halfway between Arthustown and Duncannon.

Meanwhile, Fethard Coast Guard unit were carrying out a search of the shore.

The kayak had become afloat after a kayaker had left it unattended while the tide was rising.

Speaking following the call out, Hugh Burke, Fethard RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Prevention is always better. We were aware that there was nobody in trouble but to prevent unnecessary calls it was better to locate the abandoned kayak as early as possible. The search proved to be a great example of interagency work between ourselves and our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard. If you lose a kayak or a board, please report it to the Coast Guard or the Gardaí.’

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