The Clogherhead RNLI Shannon Class Lifeboat Michael O'Brien.
The Clogherhead Lifeboat and local Coastguard units have been busy this week with callouts on Tuesday and Wednesday (August 4 and 5).
On Tuesday the Clogherhead lifeboat was launched after the alarm was raised by a man walking on the Headland spotted an upturned kayak and two canoeists in difficulty, and alerted the Coastguard.
The Lifeboat quickly located the casualties three quarters of a mile north of the Headland, one of whom was in the water.
There was a significant swell of over a metre, making it difficult to see the male casualty in the water. There was a force five to six wind blowing offshore, which together with the tide was taking the casualties out to sea.
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The rescue was carried out by the lifeboat who took the casualties from the water and brought them to Port Oriel to be taken ashore by Clogherhead Coastguard. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 was also in attendance.
The following night, (Wednesday 5 August), both the Clogherhead and Skerries Lifeboats were launched after Dublin Coast Guard received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a possible fire on board a fishing vessel off Laytown beach shortly before 11.00 pm.
The lifeboats reached either end of Laytown beach at approximately the same time and began a search.
They were soon joined by land based units from Drogheda Coast Guard and Skerries Coast Guard, who made contact with the caller on the beach to gather more information to pass to the lifeboats. Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 and a local fishing vessel also joined the search efforts.
A comprehensive search of the area was carried out, at one point, using white parachute flares to illuminate the search area.
Following confirmation from some local fishermen that all fishing vessels in Balbriggan and Mornington were accounted for and further information from the initial caller relayed by Drogheda Coast Guard, Dublin Coast Guard were satisfied that it was a false alarm made with good intent and all units were stood down and returned to station.
An RNLI spokesperson said: “Thankfully it was a good outcome again this evening, and another great example of how well our flanking stations work together along with the other emergency services. We’d also like to thank the fishermen involved for their assistance.”
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