Helvick Head RNLI RNLI assists grounded cruiser after it struck rocks
On the afternoon of Thursday last, (15 June) at 12:10pm, Helvick Head RNLI was tasked to an incident at Ballynacourty, Dungarvan Bay believed to be a grounded cabin cruiser.
It had been reported to the Coast Guard by a member of the public that a 5- metre Cabin Cruiser had run up on the rocks just below the Golf Course at Ballynacourty. It was later learned that the vessel had hit the rocks and had lost its engine and the occupant had made his way out onto the rocks.
Helvick Head RNLI under the helm of Alan Kelly and with crew members Seán Ó Réagáin, Páidí Walsh and Shane Walsh was on scene within minutes and began the operation to recover both the person and the vessel. A successful veering down operation brought the lifeboat into a position where a line was attached to the cruiser and pulled from the rocks. The person was recovered and found to be safe and well with no injuries sustained. The vessel was brought to Ballynacourty pier and moored safely and the person brought to Dungarvan later.
Commenting on the rescue, John Condon, Helvick Head RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “This was an excellent response from the crew at Helvick and shows the value of the training that crew members undertake on an on-going basis.”
For more information please contact Dónal Ó Faoláin, Helvick RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 1277881 Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org
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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.