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Howth RNLI launch to reports of upturned Kayak spotted by member of public

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Howth RNLI launched the all weather lifeboat Saturday (17 March) to reports of upturned Kayak spotted in rough seas off the nose of Howth.

Howth RNLI recover sea kayak


Howth RNLI recover sea kayak

A member of the public, while out walking on Howth Head, spotted what appeared to be a yellow upturned kayak just off the nose of Howth in very rough seas. The member of the public raised the alarm by contacting the Coast Guard and sent them a picture taken with their mobile phone of the kayak in the water.

The Coast Guard immediately tasked Howth RNLI to launch and investigate. The volunteer lifeboat crew pagers sounded at 5.45pm and the lifeboat was launched and went to sea within 12 minutes of receiving the call.

The Kayak was quickly located and brought aboard the lifeboat. It looked like it had not been used for quite some time and had been adapted to support a floating structure. The lifeboat completed a search of the area and returned to base.

The wind was Force 6-7 easterly and the sea state was very rough at the time

Speaking following the call out, Ian Sheridan, Howth RNLI station mechanic said: ‘We have to compliment the member of the public for their quick action. While in this case it was thankfully a false alarm the accuracy of their report to the coastguard allowed us to find the reported vessel and conduct a search’


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