Windsurfer rescued from stormy Dublin bay

File photo: Danny Bruch windsurfs at a Red Bull event in January 2013.

A windsurfer had to be rescued after getting in to difficulty in rough seas.

The alarm was raised by the man on his waterproof mobile phone after he was knocked off his windsurf off Sandymount beach in Dublin at about 10.30am.

The Irish Coast Guard said he was about 300 metres off the beach and was caught in a rip tide, which was pulling him away from shore, when rescued by Dun Laoghaire inshore lifeboat.

People have been warned to stay away from the water during high tides and stormy conditions.

Elsewhere a major search has been called off for a jogger who was believed to have been swept in to the harbour at Howth.

Air and sea rescue teams were launched when a concerned member of the public feared the man had gone off the west pier

A coast guard spokesman said nothing was found during the operation and crews were satisfied the jogger left the pier safely after speaking to other people.

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