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Man airlifted to hospital after boat runs aground

The 17 foot vessel was found grounded near Milk Harbour, County Sligo.

Bundoran RNLI
Bundoran RNLI
Image: Bundoran RNLI

A MAN HAS been airlifted to Sligo General Hospital after his boat was found grounded near Milk Harbour, County Sligo.

The alarm was raised when his vessel did not return at its appointed time and Bundoran RNLI lifeboat were called to assist in a search this afternoon.

The search was centred around the Streedagh area of County Sligo.  Sligo Bay lifeboat was also launched to assist in the search in poor visibility conditions as were Killybegs Coast Guard and the Sligo based Rescue 118 Helicopter.

Search and rescue

Members of the search and rescue teams searched for around 25 minutes, before the overdue vessel was found grounded near Milk Harbour.

It is believed the man was out at sea alone on a 17 foot pleasure craft and was sailing from Streedagh to Milk Harbour, which a spokesperson for Bundoran RNLI said “is not a great distance”.

“Conditions were very poor, which could have been a contributing factor to why the boat ran aground,” said the spokesperson.

The boat owner was airlifted to Sligo General Hospital and his condition is unknown.

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