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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lifeboats rescue sailors as dinghy swamped

Louise Hogan

AN eagle-eyed member of the public alerted the rescue services yesterday after spotting two sailors in difficulty.

A pleasant Sunday afternoon sail around Scotsman's Bay near Dun Laoghaire on the Dublin coast turned treacherous for the pair after winds caused their Flying 15 sailing dinghy to become swamped.

The lifeboat from the Dun Laoghaire RNLI, assisted by the Howth Coast Guard, came to their rescue.

A rigid inflatable boat (RIB) then towed the small vessel to safety under the escort of the lifeboats.

The uninjured pair were safely brought to shore shortly after 5pm.

Meanwhile, the Irish Coast Guard urged swimmers to be on the look-out for the Lion's Mane jellyfish -- the most venomous of the indigenous Irish species.

A number of the jellyfish, which are known for their nasty sting, were yesterday spotted in the Garristown Bay area near the Old Head of Kinsale in Co Cork.

The jellyfish came in with the sea current and it is expected that they will remain in the area, as fine weather is forecast for the next week.

Irish Independent

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