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Kitesurfer rescued by Arklow RNLI

Arklow RNLI lifeboat was launched at approximately 7.45pm on Wednesday following a pager alert, to a kitesurfer reported to be in difficulty.

The volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station  and within minutes of the request were aboard RNLB Ger Tigchlearr and enroute to the reported location.

In light South Westerly winds, The All- weather Trent Class lifeboat made its way to the reported position approximately 6 miles North East of Arklow.

While Arklow Lifeboat was enroute to the area the crew of a passing racing yacht involved in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle yacht race had located the kitesurfer close to Mizen Head,  who had  reportedly been in the sea for a prolonged period and recovered the casualty aboard their boat.

The casualty was transferred to Arklow Lifeboat upon arrival on scene which then returned with the casualty to Arklow. Once aboard the lifeboat the casualty was assessed and helped to warm up, no further medical attention was required, upon return to Arklow all hands came ashore safely.

Arklow RNLI’s crew on this shout were  Coxswain Ned Dillon, Station Mechanic James Russell, Jimmy Myler, Craig O’Reilly, Daniel Downey & John Tyrrell.

Following the callout , Ned Dillon, Coxswain at Arklow RNLI said:

“Huge thanks to the Skipper of the yacht Freya and crew, who despite being involved in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle yacht race, assisted in the  rescue of this casualty by taking him aboard the yacht, had they not taken this action, its very likely this would not have had such a positive outcome, in our eyes they are already winners”

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