RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

08/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/13/2018 04:43

Arklow RNLI launch to kitesurfer and windsurfer in difficulty

Arklow RNLI lifeboat was launched at approximately 2.04pm (13 August 2018) following a pager alert, to a kitesurfer and windsurfer both reported to be in difficulty.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched to reports of two people person in difficulty just South of Mizen head. The incident had initially been called in to the Coast Guard by a beach Lifeguard on duty near Brittas Bay.

With strong tides in the area, Arklow Lifeboat proceeded to the scene. Upon arrival, the lifeboat crew were made aware that the casualties had made it ashore safely and the lifeboat was stood down.

Following the callout, Mark Corcoran Arklow RNLI Volunteer Press Officer and Community Safety Officer said,

'Thanks to the quick thinking of the local beach lifeguard, our lifeboat was launched early enough to be on scene to assist if necessary. People should never hesitate in calling us out. Before going out people need to check the tides andweather and make themselves aware of local hazards and always carry a mean of calling for help.'

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All Photos Mark Corcoran/Arklow RNLI

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email [email protected] or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email [email protected]rg.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email [email protected]

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland