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