SIX people were rescued from a 35ft cruiser after it became impaled on a navigation marker on the Shannon.
The group, believed to be in their early 20s, called emergency services around midday after the boat began taking on water near Athlone, Co Westmeath.
The coast guard was dispatched and safely lifted the group ashore, but the boat – believed to be owned by a parent of one of the group – sank
"No one was injured. It was taking on water slowly so there was no danger," a spokesman explained.
Meanwhile, a rescue helicopter on a training exercise was diverted after a Dutch woman fell and broke her ankle at Malin Head, on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co Donegal.
Paramedics reached the 49-year-old but were unable to carry her safely from the scene.
The helicopter airlifted her to Derry, and she was transferred to hospital.