Courtmacsherry RNLI in callout to French Yacht in difficulty off Old Head
The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 9.05 pm tonight to go to the aid of a 35 ft French Yacht that had got into difficulty one mile off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.
The Courtmacsherry lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O Farrell and a crew of six launched immediately and reached the stricken vessel at 9.26pm and succeeded in quickly getting a tow rope on board the casualty, which had lost power and was drifting.
With a crew of three on board, the Yacht is now under tow by the lifeboat and its estimated arrival time back to Courtmacsherry pier is approx 10.40pm. Conditions at sea tonight are moderate with slight swells.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.