Emergency services have been praised after two people escaped a sinking boat off the coast of South Donegal.
A 19ft vessel was recovered yesterday after it sank off Killybegs.
Two people were onboard at the time, but managed to make it to safety by the time emergency services arrived at the scene.
The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI was requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard following the emergency call-out at approx 12.30pm.
The Sligo based Rescue 118 helicopter was also tasked as was the Killybegs Coast Guard RIB with any other vessels in the area also requested to help.
The Bundoran lifeboat, with 4 volunteer crew on board, made its way across Donegal Bay to the scene where 2 people who had been on board had already made their way to safety and were treated by an ambulance at the Killybegs slipway.
The Bundoran lifeboat and Killybegs Coast Guard boat worked together to secure the vessel.
On arrival back at the lifeboat station, helm of the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat Rory O’Connor said: ‘Thanks to quick actions of all involved, this was another successful outcome and the two people will get to spend Christmas with their loved ones. It’s another example of inter-agency cooperation and we were glad to be able to assist our Irish Coast Guard colleagues.’
The volunteer crew of the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat and lifeboat crews all around the country will be on call right throughout the Christmas period, including Christmas Day, should their services be required. Donations can be made to the charity at www.rnli.org/xmas