Monday 23 October 2017

Coast Guards called to rescue two people after jet ski sinks in Dun Laoghaire harbour

The jet ski was 60 per cent submerged in the water when rescue services arrived

Dun Laoghaire Coast Guards were called to the scene Photo: DL Coast Guards
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guards were called to the scene Photo: DL Coast Guards
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guards were called to the scene Photo: DL Coast Guards
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The Coast Guards were called to rescue two people who were "hanging on for their lives" after their jet ski sank in Dun Laoghaire harbour.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Police alerted the Irish Coast Guard to the sinking jet ski in the harbour last night at the old Stena Line berth.

Dun Laoghaire Coast Guards were called to the scene Photo: DL Coast Guards
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guards were called to the scene Photo: DL Coast Guards

On arrival the Coast Guards found the two casualties "hanging on for their lives" as their jet ski was 60 per cent submerged in the water.

The two people had no life jackets or wetsuits.

Instructions were given to the casualties on what to do from Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard members until the RNLI arrived.

"This was a very close call tonight and highlights the incredible decisions made by people who risk their lives by not wearing the appropriate equipment or making sure their craft is seaworthy," said the Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard.

Earlier in the day, Dun Laoaghaire Coast Guard members were dispatched to Coliemore Harbour after two jet skiers got into difficulty, however on this occasion the Jet skiers "realised their error of judgment and departed".

The Coast Guards said that the incidents were not related.

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