ILB launched to reports of windsurfer in difficulty

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Published on: June 13, 2014

The Inshore Lifeboat was launched this afternoon Friday 13th June at 13:20 when reports of a windsurfer in trouble were received. Helm Tadhg Collins with crew Gerald O’Brien and Jerry Smith proceeded to an area one quarter mile west of Sherkin Island. They carried out an on scene search and found a dead minke whale in the water. The 4 metre whale was lying belly up and may have given the impression of being a sailboard from a distance. The crew notified the position of the whale to Mizen coastguard and local boats are advised to proceed with caution in the area. The Alice and Charles lifeboat was returned to the station and made ready for service again at 14:05.

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