Friday 20 September 2019

Coast Guard and RNLI crews rescue two wind-surfers in difficulty off east coast

Denise Calnan and Robin Schiller

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

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.

Storm scenes at Tramore Co. Waterford.
Picture Dylan Vaughan
Storm scenes at Tramore Co. Waterford. Picture Dylan Vaughan
Hurricane Ophelia hitting Fenit in County Kerry. Photo: Mark Condren
16/9/17 Gardai, the coastguard and the RNLI helicopter at Blackrock in Co Louth where windsurfers were surfing during storm Ophelia. Picture: Arthur Carron
16/10/2017 Ophelia arriving in Galway. Quick walk on the prom ahead of the Hurricane . Photo:Andrew Downes
16-10-17 Storm scenes at Tramore Co. Waterford. Picture Dylan Vaughan
Provision 161017 Hurricane 'Ophelia'.... fallen tree Knocknaheeny, Cork City Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Ophelia Storm strikes in Baltimore, West Cork. Photo. Emma Jervis Photography
Hurricane 'Ophelia'.... fallen trees, N25 Cork City Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Walkers in Clontarf pictured this afternoon as Hurricane Ophelia hits the country..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
A tree blocks the road at Killbritain Co Cork. Picture Denis Boyle
(Photo: Met Eireann)
A surfer is seen on rough water in the Atlantic in an area where the tide should be out in the County Clare town of Lahinch, Ireland October 15, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Pictured getting ready for hurricane Ophelia at Courtmacsherry Bay West Cork was Martin Galvin and his son Adam. Their seaside home at Lobster Cottage sits in Courtmacsherry Bay with County Cork expected to be among the worst effected counties. Picture Denis Boyle
Angus Bourke from Castlebar, Co. Mayo a member of Mayo Sailing Club preparaing his boat at Rosmoney, Westport, Co. Mayo before Storm Ophelia. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.
Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack at the National Emergency Coordination Centre today. Photo: Mark Condren

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.

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