Castletownbere RNLI spend over 12 hours at sea rescuing sailor in storm
The Castletownbere lifeboat, Annette Hutton, was launched early this morning (Saturday 20th August 2016) when Valentia Coast Guard Radio requested assistance to a yacht in difficulties 45 miles south of Mizen head in West Cork.
The lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Brian O’Driscoll, was launched at 8.00 a.m. and located the casualty at 10.40 a.m. 50 miles south-west of Castletownbere. The Coast Guard helicoptor was also on scene.
Conditions were described as ‘gusting Force 8/9 winds with a thirty foot swell’’. The yacht was taken under tow and the lifeboat proceeded slowly to Castletownbere in challenging sea conditions. Early into the tow lifeboat crew became concerned about the wellbeing of the sailor and crew managed to transfer him to the lifeboat. The lifeboat, with the damaged yacht in tow, returned to Castletownbere at 8.30 p.m. having been at sea for twelve and a half hours.
This evening the sailor thanked the Castletownbere lifeboat and all involved for ‘saving his life’. He said: ‘only for the lifeboat, things would have ended up very badly today’.
Commenting on the call-out, Castletownbere Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony O’Sullivan stated that ‘The coxswain and crew are to be complimented on today’s rescue – they demonstrated skill, seamanship and endurance during what was a long and challenging day.
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