A lifeboat crew has rescued Mickey Mouse from the Irish Sea after they received a series of 999 emergency calls.
Several people contacted the Irish Coast Guard co-ordination centre in Dublin on Sunday, reporting an object crashing into the sea 1,000 metres off the Bray seafront in County Wicklow.
A RNLI lifeboat crew from Dun Laoghaire responded and recovered the large Mickey Mouse balloon.
The balloon, which had been carried out to sea by the wind, was found floating towards the cliffs at Shanganagh.
In a statement, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) said people had been paragliding in the Bray area recently and there were fears that the object might have been one of these in difficulty.
Stephen Wynne, lifeboat operations manager at Dun Laoghaire, said: "We're happy that this was a call made with good intent and calling 999 and asking for Coast Rescue is always the best course of action. And in this case, we were particularly happy to assist Mickey Mouse, one of the all-time favourite cartoon characters."