Coast Guard and RNLI crews rescue two wind-surfers in difficulty off east coast
Coast Guard and RNLI crews successfully rescued two wind-surfers who found themselves in difficulty off the east coast this morning.
Rescue crews launched at 10.20am following a Mayday call off the coast of Blackrock, Co Louth.
Rescue 116, Greenore CG and Clogherhead Lifeboat all attended the scene, Clogherhead RNLI confirmed to Independent.ie.
The spokesperson said the two men are now "on-shore, safe and well."
A spokesperson for the Irish Coast Guard said reports had initially stated that the two were kite-surfers but it has been confirmed that it was two wind-surfers.
He added the crews are making a general recommendation that people do not venture towards the coast while the Met Éireann red status warning for Ophelia is now in place.
Members of the RNLI were also deployed off the Galway coast to recover a yacht, while a tug boat was used to escort two people into Rosslare harbour, Co Wexford.
Eugene Clonan of the Irish Coast Guard reiterated calls for people to stay away from the coastline and waters.
"I'd like to reiterate for recreational users to stay off the water. His is an unprecedented weather system that we're going through. We have not experienced this before and we want people to stay safe. We urge people to stay away from the coastline," Mr Clonan said at a press briefing of the National Emergency Coordination Group this afternoon.