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Wicklow RNLI volunteers in late night callout

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Peter Byrne's first callout

Peter Byrne's first callout

Peter Byrne's first callout

Wicklow RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was launched late on Wednesday night after Coast Guard reports of a wind surfer in difficulty in Brittas Bay as darkness descended.

It was also the first call out for new RNLI volunteer Peter Byrne.

The lifeboat was out to water at 10.05 p.m. after a vigilant member of the public reported witnessing a wind surfer having problems trying to get ashore at Potter's Point.

As the lifeboat proceeded to the last known reported position, more information was relayed from the Coast Guard and it was confirmed that the craft was in fact a trimaran.

The lifeboat was soon on the scene at 10.23 p.m. and began a search.

Conditions in the area were calm with good visibility. At 10.35 p.m. contact was made with a solo sailor on a 16-foot trimaran. He had secured his boat on the beach and was waiting for the tide to turn before resuming passage north and no assistance was required.

Once Coxswain Nick Keogh was satisfied the sailor required no further assistance, the lifeboat was stood down by the Coast Guard and returned to station.

Wicklow RNLI Press Officer, Tommy Dover, said the person who made the initial call to the Coast Guard did the right thing.

'We would like to commend the member of the public who contacted the Coast Guard, fortunately the sailor did not require assistance but we would much rather launch to find all is well than not launch at all,' he said.

The crew on the callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Tommy MacAulay, Graham Fitzgerald, Connie 'OGara and Peter Byrne.

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