Reckless teens take 40ft yacht for joyride
Three teenagers have been arrested after leading the Garda Air Support Unit on a wild chase along the east coast in a stolen high-powered boat.
The youths stole the expensive 40ft motor yacht from Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin, shortly after 5.30am on Sunday.
The sea-faring trio of two boys and a girl, who are all believed to be between 16 and 17 years old, made their way down the east coast towards Wicklow in the early hours.
The owners of the impressive vessel notified gardai, marinas and boat clubs in the area when they noticed the boat was missing.
It's believed the youngsters sailed as far as Wexford before making their way back up the coast.
They were spotted shortly after 1.30pm near Greystones marina where sources say they were operating the "incredibly powerful boat in a very reckless manner".
Sources say the youths engaged in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the garda helicopter - skimming by other vessels at speed.
"It is hard to stress how powerful this kind of boat is, especially in inexperienced hands," said a source.
"But as fast as it is, after about half an hour they realised they were beaten by the chopper and started making plans for their escape."
The youths made several attempts to beach the vessel before they finally ran aground near South Beach, Greystones shortly after 3pm.