t was going to be a lazy afternoon fishing for the Greystones Ridge Angling Club.
Which is just how they like it.
Then, skipper Clyde McElwaine heard a shout out at sea, distinctly making out the word “Help” before it faded back into the distance.
“It was clearly someone in trouble,” Dave Lynch, another skipper on the scene tells the Guide, “and so, four of us decided we better get out there and take a closer look.”
Alongside Clyde and Dave were fellow club members Ciaran O’Toole and Cian Driver, their four fishing boats upping anchor and heading out a mile or so from the shore, towards Kilcoole and just beyond the red buoy that marks the edge of the Moulditch Bank.
“And that’s when we saw what we initially thought might be another buoy, for lobster pots, bobbing up and down in the water,” continues Dave. “As we got closer, we realised it was a kayak, upside down…”
According to the man they rescued, he had been in trouble – and freezing cold water – for over an hour. He could barely speak, and the fact that his native tongue was Polish meant that he struggled to explain what had actually happened.
Greystones Ridge Angling Club
Thepossible onset of hypothermia wouldnt’ have helped matters either.
“He did manage to say thank you,” says Dave. “Quite a few times. We got him to the marina, and the coast guards were waiting there to treat him.
“The man was a mile and a half, maybe two miles out to sea, and he barely had the strength to get up out of the water.
“I’m just glad we managed to find him when we did. If we hadn’t, who knows…”
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