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Emergency at regatta 'excessive' REPORT.

LAUNCHING a major emergency plan when 25 boats capsized in a junior regatta was over the top, it was claimed yesterday.

Initial reports on July 5, 2007, feared more than 100 youngsters were swept out to sea after a sudden squall overturned the yachts in the Irish Sea just off Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board said: "Activation of the national emergency plan appears to have been excessive and an over-reaction due to lack of understanding."

The MCIB said it was prudent of race organisers to request shore-side assistance but criticised confusion over the 115 boats involved - estimates had ranged from 30 to 91.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 26, 2009
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