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Union Hall RNLI assists racing yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Union Hall RNLI were requested tonight ( Tuesday 20 June) by Valentia Coast Guard at 8.32pm to provide assistance to a 6.5m yacht with two people onboad, seven and half miles south of Adam Island at the entrance to Glandore harbour.

Union Hall RNLI gives assistance to a 6.5m racing yacht

RNLI/Pamela Deasy

Union Hall RNLI gives assistance to a 6.5m racing yacht
The Union Hall inshore lifeboat Margaret Bench of Solihull launched at 8.39pm and headed to the yacht, where sea conditions were calm but the yacht had encountered a squall, which resulted in the loss of a sail and instruments. The volunteer crew at Union Hall RNLI made contact with the two people onboard, ensured there was no injuries, attached a tow line and towed the yacht back to the safety of Union Hall Pier.

Speaking after the callout, John Kelleher Union Hall RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'The crew of the yacht made the right decision to contact the Coast Guard sooner rather than later. Always carry a means of communication, be it VHF or mobile phone. It is very important, especially at nighttime".


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