Sunday 17 December 2017

Kitesufer's lucky escape at Duncannon

The RNLI in action
The RNLI in action

A kitesurfer who got into difficulty one kilometre off Duncannon beach in treacherous conditions on Saturday rolled up his lines and folded the kite down, using both as a sail to guide him inland.

The alarm was raised shortly after 2 p.m. when the man could not safely return to shore and was in danger of drifting out to sea.

The Fethard lifeboat crew travelled to Duncannon and launched to reach the casualty as quickly as possible. Deputy Launching Authority Hugh Burke also travelled to the location to spot the kite surfer from the beach and keep in contact with the Coast Guard.

The casualty was sighted one kilometre away from the beach where he had rolled up his lines and folded the kite down, using it as a sail to guide him inland.

The kite surfer was blown onto shore at Glen Bay, a short distance away and was awaiting help. The casualty worried that he had been missed by the lifeboat and the Coast Guard helicopter, which was also on scene and started to make his way inland through fields, leaving his gear behind him on the beach.

The lifeboat crew came upon his equipment a short time later. A short time later the rescue crew met him making his way back to Duncannon over land.

Mr Burke said: 'It wasn't your usual type of callout for the lifeboat crew. I think it was the first time the launching vehicle and not the lifeboat brought someone to safety. However we are delighted that the man was found safe and sound.'

Wexford People

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