The Irish Coast Guard station in Howth and Life Guards from Dollymount Beach assisted 12 Kayakers who got into difficulty on Sunday evening.
Challenging weather conditions with offshore winds and a fast dropping tide had seen the kayakers pushed out into Dublin Bay.
The Dollymount Life Guard Rescue Boat located four kayakers on the rocks, one of the kayakers was taken onboard the rescue boat while the other three climbed back up to the cliff path. A further 8 kayakers were then towed back to shore by the Life Guards bringing the total to 9 assisted back to shore.
It became clear upon arrival back to shore that most of the kayakers were novices. While all were wearing life jackets and wet suits the group had very limited safety equipment with them. The group had no marine VHF radio or distress flares, they hadn’t observed the small craft warning in place and hadn’t logged their journey with the Coast Guard operations centre.
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