Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard come to aid of troubled kayakers near Dalkey

by Gary Ibbotson

The Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard yesterday came to the rescue of a kayaker who was spotted clinging to the side of a vessel at Dalkey Sound.

According to the Coast Guard, a member of the public raised the alarm after seeing a number of kayaks in difficulty at around 5:15pm.

In a statement the Coast Guard said: “Member of the public witnessed kayaks in difficulty at Dalkey Sound with one casualty clinging on to the side of a kayak.

“A [a distress call] got some local pleasure craft to assist which was followed by Dun Laoghaire RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB).

“Dun Laoghaire RNLI ILB and two boats that responded to the distress call gave safe escort to the group that got separated.

“Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard search team sighted the group trying to make good a passage to Cullimore Harbour and advised them to alter course to Bullock as they were fighting against tide, wind and making poor progress.

“All ashore no further assistance required.”

The incident followed the sighting of a jeep floating in Dun Laoghaire Harbour earlier that evening.

The commanding Dun Laoghaire RNLI officer checked the jeep and confirmed that no person was present in the vehicle

Safety marks were then deployed after the jeep sank quickly.

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