ELEVEN people were rescued from the water in three separate incidents in Cork, Limerick and Dublin over the weekend.
A lifeboat came to the rescue of a family of five whose yacht ran aground in the Shannon estuary on Saturday while, earlier the same afternoon, an adult and two young girls were brought to safety at Cork Harbour.
Meanwhile, three teenagers who got into difficulty while attempting to row from Howth to Ireland’s Eye had to be rescued yesterday morning.
The three were treated for hypothermia after the incident, in which they were rescued by the Howth Inshore Lifeboat. It was reported they untied the boat without the owner’s permission. They were handed over to gardaí when the lifeboat arrived back at Howth.
A Wicklow family, meanwhile, had to abandon their vessel in the Shannon estuary shortly after 4.45pm when a rescue operation was mounted off the Limerick coast.
The coastguard received a request for assistance from the skipper of the 10-metre sailing yacht which reported being “high and dry” on rocks about two kilometres off Aughinish Island near Foynes.
The Kilrush-based RNLI lifeboat was launched soon after the alarm was raised and headed immediately to the scene, in an operation co-ordinated by Valentia Coast Guard Radio.
The yacht, with two adults, three children and a family pet on board, was reported to have drifted onto rocks at a location known as Wide Rock. As soon as the lifeboat arrived at the scene, the family, all of whom were unhurt, evacuated their vessel.
A member of the lifeboat crew swam some distance to the stranded boat and secured it in an effort to prevent it from drifting later with the tide.
The family had travelled down the River Shannon via Limerick city with the mast down, on their way to Kilrush Marina. Along the route they stopped to secure the mast and unwittingly drifted on to the rocks. No one on board was injured and all were wearing flotation devices, according to Kilrush Lifeboat spokesman Charles W Glynn.
“There was no need for medical attention and the family were relieved to be ashore after their ordeal,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Crosshaven lifeboat crew came to the help of a 23ft motorboat reported on the rocks at White Bay in Cork Harbour.
On arriving at the scene, the lifeboat found the casualty vessel with one adult and two young girls on board firmly aground on the beach in Whitebay.
With no immediate danger to life, crew members along with the help of another vessel managed to refloat the boat and it was then escorted back to Crosshaven by the lifeboat, under the command of Kieren Coniry.
“They were very lucky where they went aground as it was all soft sand,” said Mr Coniry afterwards.
“They all were wearing lifejackets and had a VHF radio to raise the alarm.”
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