Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a giant Mickey Mouse balloon
After a series of 999 emergency calls reporting an object crashing into the sea off Bray, Co Wicklow yesterday evening, the volunteer RNLI lifeboat rushed to the scene.
The crew from Dun laoghaire rescued a giant Mickey Mouse balloon after a brief search.
Several callers to the Irish Coast Guard co-ordination centre in Dublin reported an object going into the water 1,000 metres off of the Bray seafront.
Paragliders had been spotted circling in the area and there were fears one might have ended up in the water.
The all-weather lifeboat crew of seven recovered a large inflatable Mickey Mouse balloon that had crashed and was being carried by the light breeze.
"We're happy that this was a call made with good intent and calling 999 and asking for Coast Rescue is always the best course of action," said Stephen Wynne, lifeboat operations manager at Dun Laoghaire.
"And in this case, we were particularly happy to assist Mickey Mouse, one of the all-time favourite cartoon characters."