A man who spent 10 hours in the water near a beach in Co Louth, before being rescued late last night after his inflatable dinghy capsized, is said to be "pretty stressed but stable" after his ordeal.

The man, who is in his late 40s, had gone out on the water at Whitestown Beach, Dundalk, earlier in the day.

Gardaí alerted the RNLI at around 9.45pm.

Several groups were involved in the rescue, including the marine rescue coordination centre in Dublin, Kilkeel lifeboat, rescue helicopter 116 and a local pilot boat - the Mourne Mist.

When they arrived at the scene, the coastguard heard shouting from the sea and the pilot boat located the man.

He was transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and is recovering well.

The man, who is understood to be from the Newry area, was wearing a flotation device, which the coastguard said was vital to his survival.

Coast Guard Head of Operations Gerard O'Flynn said he had a narrow escape after going out on the water on a "dreaded inflatable toy".

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said the rescued man was "pretty stressed but stable" after his experience.

He appealed to the public never to use inflatable devices on open water, including rivers, lakes or in the sea, adding that they are "back garden toys and that is as far as they should go".

Separately, a man has died after being pulled from the water in Co Antrim yesterday evening.

His death brings to nine the number of people who drowned on the island of Ireland since the start of last week.