Wicklow RNLI launched to investigate report of capsized boat

Lifeboats News Release

Both Wicklow lifeboats launched this afternoon (Monday 18 July) after the Coast Guard received a report of a capsized boat drifting off Greystones.

The inshore lifeboat was first on scene and located a upturned laser yacht, drifting south of Greystones harbour. The crew began an immediate search of the area in case there might be casualties in the water.
Weather conditions in the area were described as wind direction south force four, sea state was moderate and visibility was good.

During the search by both lifeboats, a call was received from the Coast Guard to say two people had been taken from the capsized boat by a sailing club tender and were landed safely at Greystones. The tender was on its way back out to recover the overturned yacht.

The inshore lifeboat crew assisted with righting the capsized boat and escorted the tender and the laser yacht into Greystones harbour.

Once the casualty vessel was safely alongside, both lifeboats returned to Wicklow.

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Notes to Editors
Please find attached a photo of both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats returning to station after the callout. Credit Wicklow RNLI.

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