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Kite-surfer rescued after being swept 300m off shore as sunseekers flock to beaches

Meanwhile, as temperatures reach 20C in some parts today, gardaí appealed to people to act responsibly regarding Covid-19 regulations.

Kids enjoying the fine weather with their dog at Sandymount Strand, Dublin.

Ciara O'Loughlin

A kite-surfer was rescued off the Dublin coast after being swept 300m out from the shore.

The rescue unfolded at Sutton after the fine weather saw people flock to beaches, parks and beauty-spots around the country for what was expected to be the second hottest day of the year so far.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 along with Howth RNLI lifeboat and a rescue team from Howth Coast Guard located the kite-surfer around 300m off the coast at the end of Dollymount beach unbale to return to shore.

Howth RNLI were able to bring the surfer back to shore. They did not require any further assistance.

A Howth Coast Guard spokesperson said: “Thanks to the member of the public for their quick response which led to a successful outcome.

"With the good weather we're having we encourage the public to call the Coast Guard on 999 or 112 if they think they see someone in trouble on the cliffs, beaches or water. Don't assume someone else has made the call.”

Meanwhile, as temperatures reach 20C in some parts today, gardaí appealed to people to act responsibly regarding Covid-19 regulations.

Met Éireann forecaster Michelle Dillon said: “We are keeping that good sunny weather with us throughout the weekend and into Monday,” she said.

Tomorrow is expected to stay dry and sunny with temperatures slightly lower with a maximum of 18C in the west.

"It will continue to be dry and sunny,” Ms Dillon said. “The good weather will continue into Monday with sunshine, after that then it turns colder.

Best friends, Victoria Gallagher (4) and Hannah Smyth (5) from Castleknock pictured enjoying the fine weather on Portmarnock Beach Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

"For today, tomorrow and Monday you’ve got sunshine with a little rain later in the day on Monday evening. From Tuesday then it is going to turn cooler and we will have some showers.”

Meanwhile Irish Water has denied there has been a sewage leak in Dublin Bay.

Sinn Féin Dublin TD Chris Andrews issued a warning to swimmers in Sandymount and Ringsend as he posted video footage of what he said was “raw sewage” released into Dublin Bay last night.

He said locals had been in contact with him about the “sickening smell” this morning.

“I would imagine that [the sewage] will be dispersed right through Dublin Bay and beyond, you know it's really sickening the smell this morning, residents have contacted me and they said the smell was really bad yesterday evening,” he told FM104.

"We've such a nice day again and they can't even sit out in their own garden.”

However a spokesperson for Irish Water said there have been “no reported overflows or malfunctions”.

"Local authorities are responsible for testing bathing water and the placement and removal of bathing water prohibition notices.

“Irish Water can confirm that there have been no reported overflows or malfunctions in the public wastewater network in the Dublin area. We are continuing to monitor the situation and liaising with our local authority partners to ensure that all wastewater treatment plants and associated infrastructure are operating effectively.”

A Dublin City Council spokesperson said a pollution control official attended the area this morning and confirmed there was no leak and that the substance seen in the water was not harmful. However they said swimming is not recommended outside of bathing season which runs from June until September.

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