Wexford RNLI rescues five people from sinking jet ski that loses power

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Wexford RNLI rescued five people this afternoon (Monday 15 June) after the jet ski they were on lost power and began to sink

Wexford RNLI leaving Killurin after bringing 5 people to safety

RNLI/Lorraine Galvin

Wexford RNLI leaving Killurin after bringing 5 people to safety
The jet ski lost power and began sinking between Ferrycarrig Bridge and Killurin Bridge on the River Slaney. The four teenagers and an adult had managed to get on top of a nearby pontoon where they then raised the alarm to the Irish Coast Guard.

Wexford RNLI volunteers were paged at 2.57pm and launched the inshore lifeboat at 3.09pm. The lifeboat was on scene at 3.28pm with three crew members on board.

Once on scene, the crew took the four teenagers on board the lifeboat and brought them safely ashore at Killurin. The lifeboat then returned to the scene for the adult and jet ski. Conditions at the time were good with no swell and a falling tide.

Speaking following the call out, Wexford RNLI Helm Damien Foley said: 'Everyone was wearing lifejackets and did the right thing by calling for help to the Coast Guard when they could.'

The volunteer crew of Damien Foley, Ger Doran and David Marskell, all of who were working at the time, were back at Wexford Lifeboat Station at 4.30pm. It was also the first rescue for volunteer crew member David Marskell.

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Wexford RNLI launch to rescue of 5 people

RNLI/Lorraine Galvin

Wexford RNLI launch to rescue of 5 people

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