Wicklow RNLI launch to French yacht in difficulties
Wicklow all weather lifeboat was called out this afternoon (Thursday 15 June) out to the French yacht Kei Ki Wei in difficulties four miles east of Wicklow harbour.
Second Coxswain Ciaran Doyle brought the lifeboat alongside the casualty to transfer crew member Terry Sillery onto the yacht to assist the sailors , who had encountered mechanical problems with the engine and were unable to motor into the harbour. A towline was quickly established and the French yacht was taken back to Wicklow harbour.
The yacht with two French sailors which was on passage north for Dun Laoghaire, was brought safely alongside the East pier at Wicklow harbour shortly after 5-30pm this evening.
Key facts about the RNLI
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 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.