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Yacht brought to safety in third incident in a week for Wexford RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A visiting yacht which ran aground on the way into Wexford Harbour was rescued by Wexford RNLI at 3.24pm today (Thursday 7 July 2016) making it the third call out for the volunteer crew this week.

On Wednesday last, the lifeboat launched at 8.15pm to reports of a walker on rocks near Wexford Bridge by members of Wexford Marinewatch who were concerned for their safety. The lifeboat made its way to the wall which immerses in high tide and stood by until the member of the public was safely back on dry land.

On Tuesday (6 July) the lifeboat launched to reports of a possible sighting in the water, described as a white object that was splashing near Ferrycarrig Hotel. An extensive search of the area was carried out with nothing found.

Speaking after the week’s rescues, Lorraine Galvin, Wexford RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘All our volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and typically launch the lifeboat under 10 minutes of a 999 call. With at least two training exercises a week, the volunteers commit a great amount of time to providing rescue cover from Killurin Bridge to Curracloe Beach. We would also like to thank the fundraisers, who are all volunteers for their recent Flag Day collection and all those who donate to the RNLI to keep the service going allowing us to continue to saves lives at sea.’

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