Skerries RNLI responds to kite surfer in distress

Skerries RNLI Recovering the lifeboat Desktop Resolution


Skerries RNLI launched this evening (Saturday 24 May) to reports of a kite surfer in distress near Shenick island off the South strand in Skerries.


The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson shortly after 5.30pm. The lifeboat was helmed by Conor Walsh with crew members Eoin Grimes, Stephen Crowley and Adam Scott also on board. Dublin Coast Guard requested the lifeboat to launch after a member of public raised the alarm that a kite surfer was struggling to get back to shore.


The lifeboat launched into a force four North Easterly wind and choppy seas before proceeding directly to Shenick island to investigate. Skerries Coast Guard and the Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter R116 were also tasked to the incident. Arriving on scene, the lifeboat could see a kite surfer standing in shallow water making their way toward the beach. Skerries Coast Guard were waiting on shore and were able to confirm that no further assistance was required. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.


Speaking after the call out, Gerry Canning , Skerries RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ’In this particular case, the kite surfer was able to make it ashore safely. However, we would still like to remind everyone that if you see someone in difficulty at sea dial 999 and ask for the coast guard.’