RNLI water rescue crew called to save young windsurfer swept out to sea near Kinsale in west Cork

A YOUNG windsurfer who was being swept out to sea was plucked from danger by a lifeboat crew this afternoon.

Conditions at sea off the South coast were extremely rough when the emergency call was received around 4.30p.m.

Lifeboat arriving at Courtmacsherry Pontoon following rescue

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Lifeboat arriving at Courtmacsherry Pontoon following rescue
Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat crew that responded to the callout

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Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat crew that responded to the callout

Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat was told that a windsurfer had got into difficulty one kilometre off Garrylucas Strand near Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.

The All Weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O Farrell and a crew of four were underway within minutes and proceeded at full speed to the area of the causality in rough conditions.

According to a spokesperson: “They reached the causality, who was being blown out to sea, within 15 minutes. The Crew immediately plucked him from the choppy seas to the safe surround of the Lifeboat.

“Once on board the Lifeboat and assessed by the crew, he was immediately wrapped in blankets and brought back at speed to the Courtmacsherry Harbour Pontoon where he was transferred to the RNLI Station House for some further observation in a warm surrounding.

“The young man was really glad to be safely onshore and appreciated some hot drinks from Station Crewman Micheal Hurley, after a difficult 45 minutes in the cold, rough water.

“The conditions at sea were difficult with offshore winds having risen in the afternoon and a rough sea developing. 

“Thankfully this was a happy ending as his mother travelled by car to collect him from the Stationhouse, with both praising the swift action of the RNLI Lifeboat in carrying out the rescue.

“The Coastguard Rescue 115 Helicopter was also tasked to assist in today’s incident”.

RNLI Safety Advice

The RNLI encourages people to take the utmost care when carrying out any activities in the water. The rescue crew advised people adhere to the following safety measures:

Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage

Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water

Don’t allow your family to swim alone

Don’t use inflatables at all on the sea.

If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float

In an emergency dial 999 or 112, and ask for the Coast Guard

Courtmacsherry RNLI Voluntary Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian O Dwyer thanked all the Lifeboat voluntary crew members for the quick response to the Station’s second callout in 24 hours, and for carrying out the rescue so quickly in difficult conditions.

He reiterated that it is so important to call the rescue services at 112 or 999 quickly once any incident like this occurs, and this resulted in a swift response to the scene by the rescue services.

The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Crew involved in the callout were Coxswain Sean O Farrell, Mechanic Tadgh McCarthy and crew Paul McCarthy, Denis Murphy and Jim O Donnell. 

The Lifeboat has now returned to its base in Courtmacsherry just after 5.30 pm and has refuelled and restocked, in readiness of whenever the next call to action may occur. 

This has been the second callout in 24 hours by the Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat. 

Brian said “As we experience severe lockdown times once again until 5th March, we would stress to all those that are partaking in any water activities or planning a visit to the coast over the next six weeks, to remember and follow RNLI safety advice below along with all new Government regulations and to stay safe in these different times for all Rescue Services.

Cork, Ireland – The Sun