Search and rescue operation stood down off Cork Harbour

Search and rescue operation stood down off Cork Harbour
File picture of the LE James Joyce at the entrance to Cork Harbour. Pic: Dennis Horgan

A SEARCH and rescue operation for a windsurfer in distress has been stood down after nothing was found. 

Crosshaven RNLI and the Irish Naval Service swept a sea area south of Cork Harbour after a report was made of a windsurfer experiencing difficulty.

Emergency services were engaged at approximately 12pm after a call was received that a windsurfer may have been in trouble in the coastal area off Fountainstown and Myrtleville.

However, rescuers were stood down at around 3pm after nothing was found.

A spokesperson for Crosshaven RNLI said the search was concluded with a “false alarm with good intent” declared.

“We got reports of a windsurfer in trouble out of Rochespoint, off Myrtleville and Fountainstown,” the spokesperson said.

The Irish Naval Service ship LÉ James Joyce was involved in the search along with a private angling boat and the RNLI lifeboat Rescue 117.

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