Infaltable/Rib goes over off Mizzen - SW Ireland
The report below refers to a dinghy but latest radio news is referring to an inflatable or a RIB. Thankfully these guys were wearing life jackets but their survival is still fantastic given the weather we've had recently - I spend a lot of time in this area and it is a typically harsh piece of SW Irish coast with a shoreline of almost unbroken rock and cliff and the sort of tides and races that get a wide berth. Where they launched is not a good place to be unless conditions are really good. The two in hopital are now confirmed stable and latest news is the Customs and Excise are reported to be searching for packages in the water near the incident.
Here's hoping the third guy is found quickly and well.
From RTE news:
Search operation under way off Cork coast
Monday, 2 July 2007 11:59
Valentia coastguard is co-ordinating a search and rescue off the coast at Goleen in west Cork.
Three men went out on a dinghy last night from Dun Lough between Mizen Head and Three Castles Head.
At 8m this morning one of them swam ashore and raised alarm after their dinghy overturned about 1.6km off shore.
AdvertisementAll three were wearing life jackets.
The coastguard contacted Castletownbere lifeboat, the Shannon-based helicopter and Goleen coastguard unit.
At 9am the Castletownbere lifeboat recovered a second man from the water. The two men who were rescued are being treated for hypothermia at Bantry General Hospital.
It is understood they may have been in the water for three to four hours. They are believed to be English and in their 20s.
Goleen rescue teams are searching on land for the third man in case he managed to swim or was washed ashore.
Coast Guard spokeswoman said: 'They were both extremely shocked. There is an intensive search under way for the third guy.'
The seas are described as moderate to rough, with a westerly force four wind.