Three rescued from sinking boat off Wicklow coast

Leisure boat responded to Mayday alert and pulled casualties from water off Bray

The RNLI said three people were rescued from a sinking boat off Bray Harbour around midday. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The RNLI said three people were rescued from a sinking boat off Bray Harbour around midday. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sat, May 11, 2013, 17:55

Three people were pulled from the water when their speedboat began to sink in off the Co Wicklow coast, the RNLI said.

Another leisure boat in the area responded to its Mayday alert and rescued the three adults about a mile off Bray Harbour.

They were said to be cold when brought ashore, but did not need medical attention.

The incident happened shortly after midday when the 15 foot speed boat filled it water from a large wave that crashed in to it.

The RNLI lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire and the Greystones Coast Guard found the boat, which was almost fully submersed, and towed it ashore.

Conditions were said to be changeable at the time with choppy waves, but winds gusted to storm force towards the end of the rescue operation.