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Tourist left shaken as boat is ‘swarmed’ by youths

A MAN who was holidaying on Lough Erne has warned boat users to be aware of youths who he says ‘stormed’ his boat at Muckross Bay near Kesh. 
Over the weekend, a family hired a boat and were travelling around Lough Erne. On Sunday evening, they pulled into Muckross Bay near Kesh, and were met by a group of youths who boarded their boat and caused annoyance.
Recently, the Herald reported that the Muckross Bay area has been pinpointed as an area suffering from anti-social behaviour. Those involved have been warned against spoiling an area that is popular with families and holidaymakers and the area has recently seen an increase in police patrols.
While it is not known if these incidents are linked, the boat-user, who wished not to be named, told the Herald of his frightening experience on Sunday. 
“We decided to bring the boat to Muckross, and when we pulled in, there was nine or ten young people on the pier. As soon as we pulled into the pier, these youths swarmed the boat. 
“We eventually got them off the boat, but a while later they returned, and there was more of them. Clearly it was well premeditated like a snatch and grab kind of thing but I think we were just a trial for a bigger opportunity for them.”
The man explained that one young man became quite aggressive and refused to leave, and he called the police to report the incident three times. 
“After they heard me calling the police, they got off the boat. We were worried about what would happen next so we untied the boat and left the area. 
It was a scary experience and I think other people should be aware of what could happen. Local people would not like this kind of activity happening in the area.”
A  police spokesman confirmed they received a report of the incident, and said, “Police received reports of a number of males causing an annoyance to others in the vicinity of Muckross Bay on Sunday evening. Officers attended however the males had already

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