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Storm waves in Kerry causes severe damage to lifeboat station

Published 09/12/2007

The stormy weather has caused up to ten thousand euro worth of damage to a lifeboat station in Kerry.

A freak wave hit the boathouse of Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue in the early hours of this morning.

The almost five foot wave blew the doors off their hinges and water flooded the building, damaging essential equipment.

Spokesperson Omar Fitzell says this is a considerable blow to what is a voluntary service:

"We're looking at a large cost for the service to start paying out in the next couple of months, in months that we're trying to buy a new boat for next year and that money now is going to have to go into repurchasing the equipment we've just lost."

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