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Dublin: 9 °C Monday 18 March, 2019

Coast Guard warnings after children found in tiny dinghy off Dublin coast

The two boys were wearing swimming armbands rather than life jackets.

The two boys found by the Coast Guard
The two boys found by the Coast Guard
Image: Irish Coast Guard

THE IRISH COAST Guard has warned people to take care after two boys were found in a tiny dinghy off the coast of Dublin last night.

A routine patrol was in the waters at Howth in north county Dublin last night when it came across the small vessel with the two boys in it.

The children were wearing swimming armbands as a flotation aid, rather than life jackets.

The Coast Guard said it was an example of the type of dangerous behaviour its patrols have been encountering during the current spell of warm weather.

“This ‘vessel’ was encountered by our boat based in Howth tonight while out on safety monitoring and training,” the Coast Guard said.

“They were taken aboard [the Coast Guard vessel] for their own safety and brought back to Howth harbour,” the Coast Guard said.

There have been repeated warnings about water safety during the spate of good weather, with Irish Water Safety urging people to take precautions when swimming or boating. An average of 140 people drown in Ireland every year.

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