Dun Laoghaire lifeboat services rescue seven people in two separate incidents 3 weeks ago

Dun Laoghaire lifeboat services rescue seven people in two separate incidents

Thankfully, no one was injured.

Dun Laoghaire lifeboat services rescued seven people over the weekend after two separate incidents of engine trouble at sea.

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The Dublin coastal town's RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched on Sunday, 21 March following a request from the Irish coast guard at 4.10pm.

This was to assist five people on-board a motorboat that had reported engine failure and was adrift close to the shore in Killiney Bay.

The lifeboat was launched with five crew members and made its way to the scene.

On arrival just after 4.30pm, the crew could see the vessel was drifting towards Killiney Beach.

Quickly assessing the situation, the crew came to the rescue by taking the vessel in tow, before bringing it back to Dun Laoghaire Marina.

The other incident occurred on Saturday (20 March), just south of Sorrento Point in Dalkey, as two people on-board a rigid inflatable boat reported to the Irish Coast Guard they also had suffered engine issues.

The Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat was launched at around 2.30pm with two crew members who took the vessel in tow and returned it to Dun Laoghaire Marina.

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All onboard the stricken vessels were wearing lifejackets with no medical attention required.

Speaking following the callouts, Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat Coxswain Adam O’Sullivan said in a statement: "The people on board the vessel took the correct steps by calling for help once they knew they were having issues onboard.

"I would like to take this opportunity to remind everybody to make sure that their vessels are checked and in working order before taking to the water.

"At this time of year, these checks are of great importance with vessel engines and safety equipment having not been used over the winter months."

Featured image via RNLI/Damian Payne

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