RNLI and Coast Guard rescue Paddle Boarder in Water off Bray Head

A man has been airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty while paddle boarding off Bray Head, Wicklow on Sunday.

RNLI Coast Guard rescue Paddle Boarder Bray Head

RNLI and Coast Guard to the rescue (Credit RNLI/wicklow Lifeboat Station)

Shortly after midday, the Dun Laoghaire and Wicklow RNLI along with the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 were tasked to the incident south of Bray head. The weather conditions were not good with strong gale force winds.

Arriving at the scene, Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat crew spotted the paddler who was clinging to his board and appeared in trouble. The crew managed to get the man onboard their boat. The crew quickly assessed he was suffering from serious hypothermia.

The man was airlifted to hospital by the Coast Guard. Wicklow RNLI lifeboat recovered the paddle board and stood by as he was winched onto the helicopter.

Commenting after the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Second Coxswain, Eamon O’Leary said: ‘The paddle boarder had suffered serious hypothermia when we arrived on the scene. It was a close call but he did the right thing in calling the Coast Guard who were quick to send out 116 along with Wicklow RNLI. It was fantastic teamwork by all involved.’

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