Dollymount beach

At dusk tonight, 16:25, volunteers at Howth Coast Guard Unit were requested to assist in the recovery of a casualty from the sea at Dollymount beach, Dublin. The casualty had been kitesurfing and become tangled in the lines of the kite.

With darkness fast approaching and unable to return to shore, on-lookers at the scene alerted the Coast Guard.

Howth Coast Guard responded with a full coastal search team at Dollymount and Sutton Creek. At 17:11 the casualty was located by the thermal imaging aboard Rescue Helicopter 116 and recovered by Howth Inshore Lifeboat.

The casualty was transported by the D-Class boat to Howth Coast Guard members on the beach who assisted the casualty until an ambulance handover was available.

Howth Lifeboat issued a statement to the Irish Times and gave advice worth repeating:

“The RNLI recommends that when engaging in water sports of any kind that people should make themselves visible by wearing instruments like a personal strobe and by never going out unaccompanied. This man was lucky that we found him in time, it also highlights the need for the 24 hour search and rescue service that the RNLI provide.”

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Tornado in Ireland 

A kitesurfer sustained multiple broken bones, a Larchville resident was provided with temporary accommodation and a motorist had a miraculous escape from serious injury as a ‘mini tornado’ wreaked havoc in the city and county last Saturday.

A Tramore businessman, who had been kite surfing with four friends, was whipped into the air and catapulted up the beach, over a small promenade wall and smashed into the surround of skateboard park.

The man, who has not been named but who is known to be in his late 40s and married with a family, had been emerging from the water when the tornado struck.

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The orca and the kiter 

A chance encounter with a pod of orca whales provided a special thrill for Raglan kite surfer Matt Taggart last weekend.

A normal Saturday afternoon turned into a memorable moment for Mr Taggart when a pod of five or six orcas, including a mother and calf, came close to shore in search of stingray.

"A couple of the local guys, Olly and Keith, noticed them and said `come on, get back out there' ... to be honest I was bricking it. I know them as killer whales and I thought no way am I going out there with killer whales," Mr Taggart said.

"But I went out and was taking it quite carefully when the mother popped up right in front of me.

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