Thursday 27 April 2017

RNLI rescue two young paddleboarders off Irish coast

The team were aboard the lifeboat Jessie Hillyard. Photo: Bangor RNLI /Facebook
The team were aboard the lifeboat Jessie Hillyard. Photo: Bangor RNLI /Facebook

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

Two young paddleboards have been rescued by the RNLI after they got into difficulties due to offshore wind.

A member of the public alerted the RNLI after the girls got into trouble off the coast of Bangor, Co Down on Saturday evening.

A video of the rescue was shared in an an online post on the Bangor RNLI Facebook page.

"Although it was a beautiful afternoon, the girls hadn’t factored in the offshore wind, and this led to them getting more tired as they tried to return to base at Ballyholme Yacht Club," the post read.

"The Bangor RNLI lifeboat, helmed by Peter Semple, made light work of picking up the two girls and their boards and returning them to the slipway at Ballyholme Yacht Club, where they were passed into the care of HM Coastguard."

Mr Semple said he and the team aboard the lifeboat Jessie Hillyard were delighted to rescue the young women.

"On arrival at the scene we were pleased to see that they were both wearing wetsuits and buoyancy aids, and had just misjudged the offshore wind."

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