Volunteer crew members at Courtmacsherry RNLI came to the aid of a lone kayaker who capsized off the Old Head of Kinsale in rough seas yesterday evening.
The kayaker had left the Speckled Door pier yesterday afternoon and came through the passage at Hole-Open and was attempting to round the lighthouse when the weather worsened and he was thrown off the kayak.
The man was unable to re-mount the kayak because of high swells.
Fortunately, he was sighted by a group of golfers on the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links who raised the alarm at approximately 5.45pm.
Lone Kayaker rescued after capsizing off Old Head of Kinsale in rough seas.— CourtmacsherryRNLI (@CourtmacRNLI) October 2, 2021
Courtmacsherry All Weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat was called out this Friday at 5.45pm, to go to the immediate aid of a lone Kayaker that was spotted in trouble off the Old Head of Kinsale #RNLI pic.twitter.com/3XNsKIU5JM
The Courtmacsherry RNLI lifeboat and its voluntary crew were away within minutes and arrived at the scene at 6.14pm.
"Two members of the crew, Ken Cashman and Donal Young used the lifeboat’s small inflatable boat to traverse into the rocky inlet under the lighthouse and pluck the causality from the water and brought him back to the main lifeboat where he was assessed and warmed up after a very frightening ordeal," Courtmacsherry RNLI said in a statement.
Lifeboat crew and station officers assessed the man further once back at the Station House and provided him with a change of clothes and hot drinks.
Unfortunately, all of his belongings were lost at sea including his phone and keys but the crew were able to reunite him with friends who came from North Cork to meet him.
Conditions during the callout were rough seas, with 4 meter swells and a strong westerly wind.
The Courtmacsherry RNLI voluntary lifeboat operations manager Brian O'Dwyer lauded the golfers for contacting the emergency services.
"We are all so relieved that the kayaker was rescued so quickly in tough seas off the Old Head this evening," he continued.
Mr O'Dwyer also thanked the voluntary crew at the lifeboat station.
The Courtmacsherry RNLI lifeboat crew involved in the callout were coxswain Mark John Gannon, mechanic Stuart Russell and crewmembers Ken Cashman, Evin O Sullivan, Ciaran Hurley and brothers Kevin and Donal Young.
Also tasked in the callout was the Coast Guard Rescue 117 Helicopter from Waterford and the Old Head / Seven Heads Coast Guard unit.