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Updated: 11/08/17 : 05:18:36

Sligo Coast Guard 118 in Mayo lake kayak rescue

A canoeist has had a narrow escape after four hours in a lake after two 10-year-old children he had been out with made it ashore to raise the alarm.

The 45-year old male disappeared while out kayaking with two young children around Lough Conn.

His survival in the Mayo lake was partly due to wearing a life jacket. A Coast Guard member said colder water a little later in the year would have made his survival a lot less likely.

He had been kayaking on a single a single sit, with the two children on a double, when he went missing.

A major search operation was launched including local boats and Coast Guard Rescue helicopter 118 based at Strandhill, Co Sligo.


The search continued for an hour of darkness until the man was spotted at about 10pm. Lough Conn measures approximately 5km by 10km.

                         The vast expanse of Lough Conn as nightfall approaches

The man entered the water at Massbrook at about 6pm. A short time later, the two children came ashore at Knockmore to the northeast and raised the alarm. It is not known if the man is their father, or how he ended up in the water.

The Killala Coast Guard unit, with the assistance of local boats, scrambled to find him, as did Rescue 118 which was able to shine its powerful searchlights into the dark water.

He was recovered in good physical condition, although with mild hypothermia, and taken to Mayo University Hospital for treatment.

Missing boy

The Rescue 118 helicopter also assisted Gardaí in the search for a nine-year-old boy missing near Grianan of Aileach, Co Donegal.

Donegal Now reports that the boy was reported missing at around 9pm on Wednesday evening.

Search efforts by both Rescue 118 and the Gardaí intensified as nightfall approached.

The search was called off and the helicopter stood down when it was later determined that the boy had left the area.

He was later found 'safe and well'.