Early this afternoon, the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre at Dublin received a call from Fingal Lifeguards stationed at Loughshinny reporting concerns for several youths who had set out on kayaks earlier that morning. The group of kayakers had set out from Loughshinny beach amid clear conditions, however a think fog had since descended with visibility reduced to less than 30 metres.
The Coast Guard tasked the Skerries Coast Guard team and Rescue 116 to carry out a search to locate the kayakers. Shortly after arriving on scene at Loughshinny, the Skerries team spotted the kayakers making their way slowly back to the beach. The Skerries team met with the group at the shoreline and thankfully all were ok.
Skerries Coast Guard would recommend before setting out on the water to check the current Sea Area Forecast (available from www.met.ie) for any expected changes or deterioration in the prevailing weather conditions.
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty on the coast, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.
The Irish Coast Guard received a report today of three kayakers in difficulty off the coast of Skerries. It appeared to a person ashore that one or more of the group had capsized and were having difficulty righting their craft. The Skerries Coast Guard Unit were tasked to assist with the rescue. The Coast Guard also requested the launch of the Skerries Lifeboat.
The Coast Guard issued a PAN PAN alert over VHF radio for any vessels in the area to assist. Fortunately, a private vessel was nearby and quickly assisted with recovering the three kayakers safely to shore.
Incident # 19 of 2013
Remember – if you spot someone in difficulty dial 999 or 112 and ask for the COAST GUARD. Your call could save their life.
The Skerries Coast Guard team were paged at 16:50 this evening to assist kayakers in difficulty near Loughshinny. Concerned members of the public had contacted the Coast Guard on 999 to report that several kayakers had been blown offshore by the strong westerly gales and were struggling to return. The Coast Guard also tasked Rescue 116 (the Coast Guard helicopter) and requested the launch of the Skerries lifeboat.
Fortunately, a local fishing boat managed to assist the kayakers in returning to shore. Local lifeguards on duty at the scene provided shoreline assistance, thankfully none of the kayakers required medical treatment.
Incident # 13 of 2010