Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Where's the Irish coast?

If you answered 'Wherever the land meets the sea', then congratulations. Not so the BBC. Reporting on the Kilkeel trawler ablaze 22 miles off Howth Head this morning, BBC NI tells us the incident was 'off the Irish coast'. Well of course (duh). But I think we all know what they're trying to say is that a Northern Ireland lifeboat went to the aid of 'one of its own' off the √Čire coast. (Otherwise why say it was the Irish coast?).
So, following on from last week's post on Irishness being a shared blessing, north and south, I have to ask the BBC: is the Ards Pensinsula not the Irish coast as well?


At 3:52 p.m., Anonymous mark said...

What are you trying to say? Belfast Coastguard, who the fishermen contacted, asked for a rescue helicopter from Dublin to head to the scene and a lifeboat was launched from Hoath. The crew were picked up by a nearby research vessel in response to a radio mayday.

No NI lifeboat went anywhere according to my reading of the report. A NI radio operator did ask for and get appropriate aid from Irish services and passing ships to a NI registered boat.

What's the problem?


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