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Five teens rescued by RNLI after dinghy is swept away

The engine on a dinghy transferring a group to a yacht failed, stranding a group of teenagers in a ferry channel.

Image: Jon Mathers/RNLI

FIVE TEENAGERS WHO were transferring from a dinghy to a yacht at Crosshaven in Cork had to be rescued by the RNLI after their engine failed last night.

The dinghy was swept down the East Ferry channel  in a six knot ebbing tide.

The RNLI was alerted to the situation by people onboard the yacht and the RNLI lifeboat at Crosshaven was launched at 9.58pm.

The crew arrived 15 minutes later, where a motor boat “Vixen” had responded and taken on board the teenagers. The lifeboat stood by as the teens were put ashore.

It then became apparent that two adults and three further children were now marooned on board their yacht with no tender and the 45 foot yacht had too deep a draught to come alongside.

The lifeboat proceeded to the yacht, took off and landed the remaining five persons at Murphy’s pier.

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