Fenit RNLI involved in search for missing windsurfer during Storm Lorenzo
Fenit RNLI launched in gale force conditions during Storm Lorenzo this evening to search for a windsurfer reported missing off Brandon Bay in county Kerry.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 7.23pm this evening (Thursday 3 October) by the Irish Coast Guard.
A fellow windsurfer who was already on the shore raised the alarm after he lost sight of his partner for four minutes.
The lifeboat launched immediately under Coxswain John Moriarty and with six crew members onboard and made its way to the scene some 14 nautical miles from the station in gale force 9 conditions.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 from Shannon was also tasked along with Dingle Coast Guard.
The lifeboat was almost on scene when communication came through that the windsurfer had made it to shore by himself and was safe and well. The lifeboat was subsequently stood down.
Speaking following the call out, Ger O’Donnell, Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Thankfully, we had a good outcome this evening and the windsurfer was located safe and well.
‘As Storm Lorenzo continues, we would remind everybody to take note of the weather forecast and Stay Back – Stay Dry – Stay High. If you see someone in difficulty or are concerned about somebody’s whereabouts on or near the water use VHF channel 16 or dial 112, and ask for the Coast Guard.
‘RNLI lifeboat crews are ever ready to answer any call for help and I would like to commend the 14 crew members who turned up at the lifeboat station this evening willing and selflessly prepared to go out despite the gale force conditions.’
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