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An inflatable boat was spotted floating dangerously close to rocks off the coastline at Kincasslagh

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A sea tragedy was narrowly avoided after a coastguard crew were prevented from launching because of cars parked on a slipway in Co Donegal.

Members of the Bunbeg Coastguard crew rushed to launch at Bunbeg Harbour in West Donegal after receiving an emergency call-out.

However, when they arrived they could not launch their boat as the slipway was blocked by cars.

The emergency call-out was received after an inflatable boat was spotted floating dangerously close to rocks off the coastline at Kincasslagh.

It took ten minutes for cars to be cleared before the coastguard boat could be launched.

Thankfully the crew managed to get to the stricken vessel in time and disaster was averted.

A spokesperson for Bunbeg Coastguard appealed to people to be careful where they park around slipways.

“We would like to remind everyone who visits Bunbeg Harbour to please be mindful of where they park.

“Our boat team were delayed by almost ten minutes when responding to an incident due to bad parking around the slipway.

“Thankfully, in this case the incident was brought to a successful conclusion. However, it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or worse,” said a spokesperson.

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