Irish Kitesurfing Associationa and Howth Coast Guard undertake kitesurfing rescue exercise

Last night, Howth Coast Guard undertook an exercise with Puremagic Kitesurfing School and the Irish Kitesurfing Association.

18 members of the unit undertook a theory session on rescuing kitesurfers from both shallow water and boats.

Approaches, hazards, and hand signals were covered, including how to safely release a kitesurfer from their equipment if unable to do so themselves. After equipment familiarisation, learning about the danger areas of the wind with a kite, and a short demo, the team practiced the same techniques in the water.

Many kitesurfing accidents happen in shallow water, where the board catches the sand and causes serious injuries to legs, knees, and ankles.

Our demo boarder took a fall in waist deep water for the purpose of the exercise, and the team were tasked to recover both kitesurfer and equipment as had been learnt.

The casualty was treated as a spinal injury and a brought ashore before doing a handover to a shore team.


SOURCE: Howth Coast Guard