A man in his 20s has been arrested after a “flying” speedboat was seen speeding down the River Liffey this afternoon, resulting in a huge emergency services operation.
An audience gathered on top of O’Connell Bridge watched on as Dublin Fire Brigade towed the vehicle after it reportedly ran out of petrol.
A throng of emergency service personnel attended the scene to bring the five men on board back onto land.
Founder of Feed Our Homeless Tony Walsh was on O’Connell Bridge this afternoon doing work for the Cold Water Campaign, which keeps Dublin’s homeless hydrated.
He saw the spectacle unfold and labelled it as “utter stupidity”.
He told Dublin Live: “We saw a speed boat flying up the Liffey, and then we saw the Fire Brigade boat flying behind them and trying to get them to stop.
“But they ran out of petrol. A lot of fire brigade and emergency vehicles turned up, Guards turned up.”
“It was a lot of resources that was wasted.”
The boat was towed by Dublin Fire Brigade and the five men on board were brought back onto land safely.
Walsh added: “It’s just stupidity, people thinking they can fly down the River Liffey ln a boat.
“The Fire Brigade and the Guards did a fantastic job in attending the scene.”
A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana told Dublin Live: “Gardaí received report of a small craft in distress in the river Liffey this afternoon, Wednesday, 21st July 2021.
“A number of Garda Units attended at Aston Quay where the craft had come aground. There were 5 passengers aboard the craft.
“A man aged in his 20s was arrested for offences related to Section 23 Careless Navigation of Vessels & Section 29 Maritime Safety Act, 2005. He is currently detained at Pearse Street Garda Station. Enquiries are ongoing.”
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