Five people have been rescued after their yacht ran aground in Skerries harbour in Dublin this morning.

The group, who are believed to be French nationals, sent out a mayday alert just before 5am.

The yacht had broken its moorings and had gone aground in the harbour.

Skerries Coastguard and lifeboat, Howth lifeboat and the Coastguard rescue helicopter were all alerted.

The Irish Coastguard has said the group were members of the same family.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Ivan Longmore, station officer at the Coastguard, said Dublin Coastguard received a call at 4.55am from a sailing vessel requiring immediate assistance.

When the crew of Skerries lifeboat went to the station, they could see the yacht just outside the harbour.

As a result they were able to go out in a dinghy and bring the family - a man, a woman, a 12-year-old boy, and two girls aged 14 and 16 - ashore.

Mr Longmore said the family was still at Skerries lifeboat station, were in good spirits and did not require medical assistance.