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Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat crew assist yacht with fouled sails

Lifeboats News Release

Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat crew launched in the early hours of this morning (Saturday July 16) to assist a 38ft yacht with four people on board.

The sailing vessel had fouled its sails and could not lower them to enter the harbour. The vessel was located half a mile East of Dunmore East Harbour.

At 2:20am the Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched on service to assist a 38ft yacht with fouled sails. The yacht with four people on board was located a half a mile East of Dunmore Harbour.

Minutes after launch, the Trent Class Dunmore East lifeboat ‘Elizabeth and Ronald’ arrived on scene to find the sailing vessel with its sails up and fouled. The vessel found it difficult to keep a heading and crew on board could not lower the sails. The lifeboat came alongside the yacht and two volunteers from the Dunmore East RNLI boarded the yacht. The RNLI crew managed to solve the issue and lower the sails so the yacht could make its way, under power, to Dunmore East Harbour. Escorted by Dunmore East Lifeboat they made the safety of the harbour at 3:15am.

Dunmore East RNLI Coxswain Michael Griffin says: ‘the crew of the yacht made the right call, visibility was poor at the time and the outcome could have been a lot worse. Our two crew, who went on board the yacht, did a great job in sorting out the sails and lowering them so quickly’.
Photo Credit: Neville Murphy
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