Three men were rescued at sea after they went fishing on a boat they made from a wooden pallet.

The trio, in their 20s, were discovered floating 600 metres off the Waterford coast, near Kilfaraissey beach, on Friday.

This video, filmed by the RNLI rescue team, shows how they came upon the men, who weren’t wearing life jackets, and brought them to safety.

The three men agreed to return onboard the lifeboat and they were then brought back to the beach. They were met on their return by members of An Garda Siochana.

Tramore RNLI crewmember Paul Tuohy said: “This could have so 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.

“The raft was very poorly constructed and the men were unprepared for any change in their circumstances…….

Irish Mirror 28/07/2013 Read the article ‘Watch as three men are rescued at sea after they were found floating on a wooden pallet