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Kayakers rescued in Co Tipperary following major search operation

The Coast Guard and Gardai were involved in the incident near Garrykennedy.

The RNLI helped rescue two kayakers in Co Tipperary (Steve Parsons/PA)
The RNLI helped rescue two kayakers in Co Tipperary (Steve Parsons/PA)

By Aine McMahon, PA

Two kayakers were rescued by the RNLI in the water in Co Tipperary on Saturday.

Lough Derg RNLI launched at the request of Valencia Coast Guard to reports of two kayakers in the water near Garrykennedy.

The Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115, the mobile Coast Guard unit and Gardai were also involved in the search-and-rescue operation.

The lifeboat crew arrived at the co-ordinates provided by the Coast Guard but there was no sign of the casualties.

After locating the two casualties, the Rescue 115  helicopter hovered above the location where two people were in the water and holding on to their kayaks, and the lifeboat crew made its way to the scene.

The crew moved both casualties into the lifeboat to begin casualty care.

The two people were taken to Garrykennedy harbour, where they were met by ambulance and paramedics to receive further treatment.

Owen Cavanagh, volunteer helm at Lough Derg RNLI, said: “This was a major search-and-rescue operation today and I’m thankful we were able to rescue these two people from the water with the help of our colleagues.

“The water is extremely cold at this time year and with the two kayakers out of their craft and in the water, they needed help immediately. Our thoughts are with them and their families, and we hope they make a full recovery from their ordeal.”

PA

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