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Group of 15 junior sailors rescued from wrath of Storm Brian in Dun Laoghaire harbour

It’s understood the youngsters were having a sailing lesson when the storm took a hold.

boat Source: Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard/Facebook

A GROUP OF youngsters have been rescued from Dun Laoghaire harbour after winds related to Storm Brian created an emergency situation.

Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard and the RNLI Dun Laoghaire, along with the group’s sailing club itself, were tasked with assisting the group, believed to number 15, who found themselves caught in stormy conditions soon after entering the water at about midday.

All members of the group were subsequently accounted for.

Their boats were less lucky however.

boat 3 Source: Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard/Facebook

boat21 Source: Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard/Facebook

“Thankfully all persons were accounted for but unfortunately some dinghies had to be left behind as the priority was to make sure all the young sailors were safely removed,” the Coast Guard said in a Facebook post.

It appears that the sea had been relatively calm before the sailors made their way into the bay, only for the weather to ‘dramatically worsen’ soon after.

In the aftermath the east pier at Dun Laoghaire was temporarily closed due to ‘safety concerns’ regarding the waves crashing over it.

The worst of Storm Brian had mostly passed over Ireland and was making its way towards Britain as at mid-afternoon, however a number of rain and wind alerts will remain in place across the country until 9pm this evening.

The remainder of Saturday is expected to be exceptionally windy, with prolonged showers this evening bookending the wet conditions seen across the country this morning.

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