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'Shocked' boaters rescued in Cobh after motor-craft crashes at Titanic Bar

The men were thrown from their vessel after hitting a buoy. The boat then sped away from the scene and crashed into the shore.

Image: Jon Mathers/RNLI

TWO MEN HAD a lucky escape last night, after they were thrown from their motor-craft when it hit a navigation buoy off Cobh in Co Cork.

Their vessel, an inflatable RIB, sped off from the scene of the crash — traveling in circles and eventually crashing outside the town’s Titanic Bar.

The men had a lucky escape, managing to dodge the out-of-control vessel and eventually swimming ashore.

Crosshaven’s RNLI lifeboat, Guileen and Crosshaven Coast Guard, the Cork harbour pilot launch and the Coast Guard Rescue 117 all responded to the call-out, at around 10.40pm last night.

Gardaí located the men “shocked and suffering the effects of mild hypothermia” according to a spokesperson for Crosshaven RNLI.

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The men received medical treatment, but were not taken to hospital.

Their craft, which was damaged on impact with the shore, was towed back to the lifeboat station.

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Patsy Fagen of Crosshaven Lifeboat said the incident could have been avoided if the men had employed a ‘kill cord’ which would have automatically shut-off the engine.

“Thankfully, this service ended with a good result, but could quite easily have resulted in fatalities. We urge all leisure boat users to get trained and always use a kill cord when driving powered vessels.”

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