Party balloons trigger sea rescue

Published Sunday, 01 June 2014
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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.

Party balloons trigger sea rescue
The RNLI rescue crew launched on Saturday night. (© RNLI)

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."

© UTV News
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Caolan in Belfast wrote (201 days ago):
Better safe than sorry. Great job the people do for us all, truly take their job seriously, and they always act with what I can only describe as furious haste.
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