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Howth RNLI Rescue Kitesurfer in Difficulties off Portmarnock Beach

30th December 2019
The RNLI Inshore boat at Howth The RNLI Inshore boat at Howth

Howth RNLI launched their Inshore Lifeboat on Sunday to multiple reports of a Kitesurfer in difficulty in the waters just off the beach in Portmarnock.

The RNLI pagers sounded at 11.40 am after multiple 112/999 calls from concerned members of the public who spotted a Kitesurfer having difficulties in the waters just off Portmarnock beach.

RNLI volunteer crew members launched the Inshore Lifeboat within 12 minutes of getting the call and proceeded to the area and quickly located the casualty 200 metres off the beach. Howth Coastguard members were also tasked ashore at Portmarnock Beach. The casualty was taken aboard the lifeboat and checked over, was in good spirits, unharmed by the incident and returned safely and to shore.

The wind was Force 5 and the sea state was rough at the time.

Speaking following the call out, Colm Newport, Howth RNLI LOM said: ‘We were delighted to assist the kitesurfer after they found themselves in difficulty. The members of the public on the beach had quickly radioed for assistance which was the correct thing to do and we were able to launch and bring the kitesurfer to safety.’

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