Young boy safe after being swept out to sea in West Kerry

A young boy is safe and well, after a Valentia Coast Guard-managed operation off the West Kerry coast.

The alarm was raised at 2:40 this afternoon, after the boy was swept out to sea on an inflatable dinghy near Smerwick Harbour.

The Shannon-based 115 helicopter, the Dingle Coast Guard unit, the Fenit all-weather and in-shore units and local boats took part in the search.

The young boy was found shortly after by a local vessel.

Valentia Coast Guard, which had also made a broadcast to local vessels, said the boy was uninjured.