A group of children on a sailing course in Sligo Bay were rescued by the Sligo Bay RNLI this afternoon after their boats were caught unexpectedly in a swell.

The children and their instructors were in five small sailing dinghies when the swell caught them.

Two of the boats were capsized but one made it ashore.

The instructors from Sligo Yacht Club called for assistance immediately and were complimented for the actions by rescue personnel.

The RNLI launched a lifeboat, which rescued nine of the party of 17 and later recovered the boats.

The children, who were aged between nine and 12, were medically assessed but did not require further treatment.