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The Ballycotton lifeboat (File photo) Ballycotton Lifeboat website

Five people rescued by lifeboat off Cork coast

Five anglers were aboard the vessel which experienced mechanical difficulties and needed assistance.

Updated 8.39pm

AN RNLI LIFEBOAT has come to the rescue of five anglers aboard a pleasure craft which got into difficulties one mile off the east Cork coastline.

The lifeboat launched from Ballycotton at around 3.20pm after receiving a call for assistance from the vessel which had gotten into mechanical difficulties.

The lifeboat  reached the scene just before 4pm and used a towline to take the vessel back to Ballycotton. The journey was hampered by poor weather conditions in the area, with poor visibility and strong winds, and took almost two hours to reach Ballycotton.

All five anglers are believed to be safe and no injuries were reported in the rescue.

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