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Wicklow RNLI involved in multi-agency search operation for paddle boarder

Wicklow RNLI return to shore with the surfboard

Wicklow all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 11am this morning (Sunday 27 January) to search for a person in difficulties 10 miles north of Wicklow harbour.

The alarm was raised after the person contacted the Coast Guard to say he was unable to get back to shore and was being swept out to sea on his paddle board.
Weather conditions at the time were wind gusting force 6/7 with rough sea.

Wicklow lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh was on scene forty minutes after launching and began an immediate search of the area. The Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 and Dun Laoghaire all-weather lifeboat were also tasked to the incident south of Bray head.

Shortly after 1pm a man was taken from the water about two miles offshore by Dun Laoghaire lifeboat. He was assessed by the crew, before being airlifted to Hospital by the Coast Guard helicopter for further medical attention.

The crew on the callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Tommy McAulay, Carol Flahive, Graham Fitzgerald and Alan Goucher.

(Pic.Wicklow RNLI)

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