Three men were rescued off a homemade raft by Tramore RNLI this weekend.
A member of the public raised the alarm after seeing the men out at sea without life jackets off the Waterford coast.
The lifeboat crew located the men at Kilfaraissey beach about 600 metres offshore and were then joined on scene by Rescue 117.
The men insisted they were not in need of help but were eventually convinced to return to land on the lifeboat.
They were met onshore by members of An Garda Siochana.
Tramore RNLI crewmember Paul Tuohy said: This could have easily ended in tragedy.
“The men were a good distance out from the shore and between two islands where there is a racing tide that changes rapidly.”
He added that the raft was very poorly constructed.
“With the recent drownings we would appeal to everyone to take care in the water and to wear and use the proper equipment including a lifejacket,” he added.