by Caitriona in Training
Climbing exercise at Trá Leathan , Doolin this morning.
by Caitriona in Training
Doolin Coast Guard Delta crew carried out a night navigation training exercise from Doolin to Blackhead, to The Leverets, and into Galway Harbour and back to Doolin last night.
At 20.00 , Doolin Coast Guard Unit was tasked by MRCC Valentia to an incident at the Inagh River in Ennistymon where a man had fallen into the river . Coast Guard members went to the location. The Shannon Coast Guard Helicopter was also tasked to the incident. The man had fallen in close to the bank just below the Falls. The Ennistymon Gardaí and the Ennistymon Fire and Rescue Service had successfully taken the man from the water as team members arrived. He was then looked after by the Ennistymon HSE Ambulance. All rescue services were stood down.
Doolin Coast Guard members were tasked by MRCC Valentia late in the evening to investigate a report from a member of the public of a flare sighting off Quilty. Members went to the area while watching out to sea along the coastline for any lights or vessels in the water. All known boats were moored alongside the pier at Quilty and other slipways and piers along the coastline were also checked , members remained at Quilty Pier for some time . Team stood down at 23.30.
Doolin Coast Guard were tasked today at 15.10 by MRSC Valentia to assist in the search and rescue of two kite-surfers who had got into difficulty in Liscannor bay.
The kite-surfers were surfing near the Bartrá area when they had difficulty with their rigs in high winds & rough seas.
With conditions quickly deteriorating, the kite-surfers had several failed attempts to fly their kites & with the prevailing weather were quickly taken further out to sea and across Liscannor bay to the Inagh Estuary area.
The Doolin Coast Guard Delta boat was transported by road for launching at Liscannor Harbour and the Shannon based Coast Guard Rescue helicopter also joined the search.The Aran Islands lifeboat ( RNLI.org.uk ) was also tasked by MRSC Valentia to assist.
In a period of 30-40 minuets, with strong a south-westerly wind and an ebb tide, the pair of kitesurfers had drifted across the bay for 2.5 kilometres when they got onto the beach near the estuary.
Although fatigued after their endeavours, no medical intervention was required & all units were stood down.
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