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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Lifeboat rescues 3 people thanks to ferry operator

The RNLI has rescued three people after their small speedboat broke down and the passengers got into difficulty on the north side of Ireland's Eye.

Mark Doyle, who operates Island Ferries was out on at a tour on his boat, the Little Flower, at the time and notified the RNLI to the incident.

The RNLI launched the Inshore Lifeboat and arrived at the scene within minutes. The passengers had managed to leave the boat and climb onto the nearby rocks as the boat started to be submerged in water.

The volunteer crew brought all the passengers on board the lifeboat and towed the speedboat back to the harbour.

This is Mr Doyle's second dramatic recue this summer after he helped another tour boat which got into difficulty around Ireland's Eye earlier this month.

"The passengers seemed very scared, they were waving frantically at me and they all had their life jackets on. My boat was too big to get close enough to rescue them so I alerted the RNLI immediately and stayed with them until they got there.

"They'd obviously gotten a bad fright and they were very grateful. People need to be careful and make sure they have experience before heading out," Mr Doyle said.

Howth RNLI lifeboat crew member Ian Sheridan urged all water users to exercise water safety. "Always wear a lifejacket, carry a means of calling for assistance and check the engine and fuel before setting off," Mr Sheridan said.

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