Kilkeel RNLI rescue windsurfer cut adrift

Kilkeel RNLI rescue windsurfer cut adrift

A crew from Kilkeel RNLI was deployed yesterday to rescue a windsurfer who was struggling to get back to shore.

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Tuesday 2 August 2022 13:33

KILKEEL RNLI came to the aid of a windsurfer who got into difficulty in Carlingford Lough yesterday.

The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by Belfast Coastguard at 2.30pm yesterday (Monday, 1 August) after the alarm was raised by a member of the public that a windsurfer was thought to be in difficulty in Carlingford Lough.

The lifeboat, helmed by Raymond Newell and with three crew members onboard, headed to Carlingford Lough in moderate sea conditions and navigated the lifeboat into the shallower sea grounds of Mill Bay.

A lone windsurfer was soon located in the area along with his board. With the wind direction and tide forcing the windsurfer further away from the land, the surfer was finding it difficult to make it back ashore.

The crew were able to get the casualty into the lifeboat along with his windsurf board and he was then safely transported back into Greencastle where the Kilkeel Coastguard shore team were waiting to assist.

This was also trainee volunteer crew member Brandon Campbell’s first official call out.

Speaking afterwards, Kilkeel RNLI Helm Raymond Newell said: "Thankfully we were able to assist in bringing the windsurfer safely back to shore.

"Given the good weather, there are a lot more people around and on the water and we would like to advise people to always carry a means of calling for help, always wear a lifejacket and other appropriate protection and always check the weather and tides before going to sea.

"Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard."

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