The owners of a kayak who sparked the launch of a Coast Guard rescue boat after they got into difficulty off Bettystown beach on Friday are safe and well,

Crew members from Drogheda Coast Guard sped to the scene after they were told there were people also possibly stranded in the water.

The boat was found, with no sign of its occupants nearby causing concern for their safety.

However, they contacted officials shortly after to say they had managed to swim to shore as they were wearing their lifejackets.