Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescue two people on jet skis off the North Bull
At 9.11pm last night (Friday 24 July), Dublin Coast Guard requested Dun Laoghaire RNLI to assist two people on separate jet skis which had engine issues just off the North Bull wall in Dublin Bay.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 9.20pm under Coxswain Stuart Kane with five crew on board and made its way to the scene arriving at 9.35pm. The all-weather lifeboat crew assessed the situation on arrival and saw that the two jet skis had drifted north towards Bull Wall and into shallower water which was out of the all-weather lifeboat's reach. The crew swiftly made a decision and requested the help from the stations smaller inshore lifeboat Realt Na Mara which was launched at 9.55pm.
Arriving on scene at 10.10pm the inshore lifeboat took the two vessels in tow, after nearly two hours at sea the two lifeboats arrived back in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at 11.20pm.
Weather conditions at the time were described as good with a slight wind and good visibility.
Speaking following the call out, Liam Mullan, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘The volunteer crew’s involved were happy to have located the two people quickly last night with light fading fast in an area with a lot of shipping traffic and return them to shore safely. It's important to remind everyone to make sure that their vessel engines are thoroughly checked regulatory by a professional before taking to the water and always have a suitable means of communication to call the Irish Coast Guard for help.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.