Six teenagers have been rescued off the coast of Cork early this morning after their raft drifted out to sea.
Rescue crews were alerted when a passer-by spotted the teens were having trouble getting back to shore as the tide receded.
A lifeboat from Crosshaven RNLI reached the group shortly after 6:18 am and brought the raft back to shore.
“The crew observed five teenagers on the raft while another was in the water trying to pull the raft ashore using a rope,” said Patsy Fagan, Deputy Launching Authority at Crosshaven RNLI.
“The three girls and three boys were taken aboard the lifeboat... and were safety transport back to Crosshaven Harbour.
“The group are all safe and well.”
Weather conditions at the time were described as good but the tide was changing and going out rapidly, Ms Fagan added.
Speaking following the call out, Gary Heslin, Crosshaven RNLI Helm said: ‘Time was of the essence this morning and we have to thank the vigilant member of the public who spotted the group and raised the alarm."
"While weather conditions were good the tide was starting to turn pretty fast and was pushing the group out to sea. Thankfully, all are now returned to shore and are safe and well.
"We would encourage anyone taking to the water this summer to always be mindful of tides and weather conditions and always carry a means of communications in case you find yourself in any difficulty."