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Three people 'extremely lucky to survive' boat overturning on River Boyne

The Coast Guard rescued the group after a member of the public raised the alarm.

File photo of River Boyne
File photo of River Boyne
Image: Shutterstock/Remizov

DROGHEDA COAST GUARD rescued three people from an upturned boat on the River Boyne at Mornington, Co Meath last night.

The Coast Guard responded after receiving a call from a member of the public at about 9.30pm.

Drogheda Coast Guard’s boat, as well as two land units, attended the scene.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said: “Upon arrival on scene our land team met with the caller where they could clearly hear shouts for help coming from out to sea.”

Three people were found clinging to an upturned boat about one mile east of Mornington.

No life jackets 

Once they were rescued, the Coast Guard’s land team and members of the RNLI from Clogherhead administered first aid until the NAS ambulance arrived and took over.

The casualties were then transported to hospital for further treatment. None of them were wearing life jackets and the Coast Guard said they were “extremely lucky to survive this incident”.

Only for the quick thinking of the caller and the rapid response from all agencies involved were we able to bring this incident to a successful conclusion.

If you see someone in trouble on or near water, dial 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard.

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