Skerries RNLI rescues stranded kayakers on Shenick Island

Skerries RNLI was charged shortly before 11am this morning (Monday 25 April) following a 999 call to the Dublin Coastguard from two kayakers stranded on Shenick Island off Skerries .

The Atlantic 85 “Louis Simson” inshore lifeboat was quickly launched by Skerries volunteers. The crew sailed around the promontory and past Colt and St. Patricks Islands before heading towards Shenick.

The two men were quickly spotted on the foreshore of Shenick Island. The lifeboat was carefully maneuvered through the shallow waters on the western side of the island, and two volunteers waded ashore to check on the condition of the victims. One of the men had been in the water for some time after his kayak capsized and he lost his paddle. As a result, he suffered greatly from the cold and began to show signs of hypothermia.

The Helm decided the best course of action was to get the man down and out of the elements as quickly as possible. He was transferred to the lifeboat by the crew and in order to expedite the evacuation, a member of the crew remained on the island with the second man, who felt fit and healthy, to help him retrieve their kayaks from the other side. from the island. The lifeboat brought the injured person on the beach to the lifeboat station, where he was met by volunteers from the shore team who provided him with blankets and brought him to the boathouse.

The lifeboat then returned to Shenick’s Island to pick up the remaining volunteer and the second man. Their kayaks and gear were also loaded onto the lifeboat and brought ashore. The boat has been washed, refueled and prepared for the next service.

After spending some time in the station warming up, the man soon felt much better and no longer needed medical attention.

An Irish Defense Force rigid inflatable boat was also in the area at the time, as the Air Corps was currently carrying out exercises at Gormanstown. They also traveled to Shenick Island and stood ready to offer any assistance if required.

The conditions were then force 3 to 4 east wind with a light swell and good visibility.

Speaking about the call, volunteer Lifeboat press officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning, said: ‘The men made the right call by going ashore wherever they could and calling for help. One of the men had his cell phone in a waterproof case which proved to be very important in this case and we continue to encourage people to always carry a means of contacting shore in case they need to. help.

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For further information please phone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI Lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email [email protected] or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or
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