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distress call Four people rescued after yacht runs aground in dense fog in Co Donegal

An attempt will be made later today to salvage the vessel.

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The RNLI were involved in the rescue effort. (Stock image)

The RNLI were involved in the rescue effort. (Stock image)

The RNLI were involved in the rescue effort. (Stock image)

Four people have been rescued after their yacht ran aground off the coast of Donegal overnight.

The yacht, which had two children on board, ran aground at Fahan in dense fog.

The terrifying incident happened just after 11pm.

A distress call was sent out and was picked up by Malin Head Radio Coast Guard.

They in turn alerted the Lough Swilly RNLI boat which rushed to the scene.

The RNLI crew tried to tow the boat to safety and back to deeper water but were unsuccessful.

The group were then taken from the boat and returned to the safety of Buncrana pier were they were treated.

It is not understood that none of the four were injured but were shaken up.

A spokesperson for the RNLI confirmed that the yacht is still at the scene where it ran aground.

An attempt will be made later today to salvage the vessel.

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