Yacht with lone sailor onboard brought to safety by Wexford RNLI
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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For more information please contact Wexford RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Lorraine Galvin on 0879321040, email email@example.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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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.