Three people were rescued off the Wexford coast this afternoon after their 37-foot yacht got into difficulty.

The two men and a woman were on the yacht when it started taking on water in 10-foot swells off the Saltee Islands.

Their boat began to sink and they issued a mayday call after three o'clock.

The search and rescue helicopter from Waterford airport was on the scene within minutes, and managed to take the crew from the water. Kilmore Quay lifeboat also attended.

The three people were brought to Waterford airport and did not need to go to hospital.