Party balloons trigger sea rescue

Party balloons trigger sea rescue

A bunch of party balloons triggered an RNLI rescue operation off the Co Down coast on Saturday night after a member of the public mistook them for people in the water.

Donaghadee's All-Weather Lifeboat, Saxon, launched at about 8pm after reports of objects in the water off the coast of the Copeland Islands.It arrived at the scene within 15 minutes.A witness had described what appeared to be people in the water.The crew found a bunch of helium-filled party balloons which had come down in the sea.Lifeboat coxswain Philip McNamara said: "While this was a preventative operation, the lifeboat volunteers prefer to attend at an early stage to avoid any risk to life."An object in the water can be a danger to shipping."


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