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Yacht with lone sailor onboard brought to safety by Wexford RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A visiting lone sailor was rescued by Wexford lifeboat crew when his yacht ran aground on the way into Wexford Harbour at 16:25 today [Sunday 04 June 2017] with a lone sailor on board.

The lifeboat was launched to reports of a yacht that had hit a sandbank. With a falling tide and the yacht listing on its side, the crew quickly established a tow and moved the yacht, with a lone sailor onboard, off the sandbank into deeper waters.

The volunteer crew, helmed by Damien Foley, a skipper on a local mussel dredger, then towed the casualty vessel back into Wexford Harbour with no reports of injury to the yachtsman.

Speaking after the rescue, Wexford RNLI Helm Damien said 'the quick action to alert the Coast Guard by other leisure boat users in the harbour definitely helped in the rescue mission. If anyone sees someone in difficulty contact the Coast Guard on 112/999.'

Volunteer crew were Damien Foley, David Maguire and Robbie Connolly.

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