Skerries RNLI launch in rough weather to reports of kayaker in difficulty

Skerries RNLI in rough weather

Skerries RNLI were tasked on Wednesday afternoon (13 August) after Dublin Coast Guard received reports of a kayaker in difficulty between the islands off Skerries.

Skerries RNLI volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat Louis Simson shortly before 1pm with Joe May at the helm and crewed by Ian Guildea and Laura Boylan. For the second time in three days the crew had to launch the boat with the engines running to make a quick exit from the carriage as large waves rolled in.

The lifeboat proceeded to the south side of Colt island off Skerries where the kayaker was quickly located. The man required no assistance and despite the weather conditions made it safely back to shore. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.

At the time of the launch there was a force four to five north westerly wind and rolling seas.

Speaking after the call out, Joe May, Volunteer Lifeboat Helm for Skerries RNLI said: ’There were genuine concerns for the kayaker with a strong offshore breeze and worsening conditions. In this case the man was fine. But our crews are always ready to put to sea to help anyone who might be in trouble on the water.’