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Ballycotton RNLI launch to yacht in difficulty 10 miles off Ballycotton

Lifeboats News Release

Ballycotton RNLI was launched at approximately 6pm yesterday (Sunday 5th June) to a yacht in difficulty 10 miles off Ballycotton.

The 50-foot yacht carrying four people on board got into difficulty when its propeller became wrapped in fishing nets 300 miles off the south coast of Ireland approximately three days previously. Due to the calm, mild conditions the yacht was unable to sail any further and had to call for assistance.

Volunteer lifeboat crew with Ballycotton RNLI arrived to the scene where they secured the vessel, ensuring all members of the yacht were safe and then proceeded to tow the yacht into Crosshaven harbour.

Speaking following the callout, Peter O' Shea Ballycotton RNLI Mechanic said “Although the yacht was in no immediate danger, its crew kept in regular contact with the Coast Guard and when they came close enough to land they requested assistance and the Ballycotton RNLI was launched. By keeping in regular contact the outcome was positive for all involved and it ended well”.


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