Kerry Coast Guard boats withdrawn from service due to issue with equipment

Rescue boats around the Kerry have been withdrawn from service due to an issue with equipment.

Nationally, the Coast Guard has withdrawn the services of inshore rescue boats stationed at twenty-three locations around the coast for safety reasons.

This action has been taken following a reported malfunction of a key piece of personal protective equipment.

The stand-down of the Irish Coast Guard is due to life-jackets used by members not fully inflating.

The RNLI and other services are still in operation as they use different types of lifejackets.

There are a number of rescue boats affected in Kerry, including at Ballinskelligs, Derrynane and Dingle.

Irish Coast Guard Operations Manager Gerard O’Flynn says he cannot give a timeframe on when services will resume as normal.