Clifden RNLI rescues lone sailor after yacht runs aground in Clifden Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Clifden RNLI received a launch request from the Irish Coast Guard at 7.16pm yesterday evening to assist a yacht gone aground in the Clifden Bay area.


The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched and helm David Barry, along with volunteer crew Ian Shanahan, Brian Ward and Owen Hayes quickly located the 23ft yacht which was stranded on a rocky piece of shoreline.

The lone sailor onboard was uninjured and after communication with the lifeboat crew, they agreed to tow the yacht from its location.

Clifden's all-weather lifeboat and the Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo were also requested to assist, but both were stood down when the yacht was successfully under tow.

Speaking following the call out, Clifden RNLI Helm David Barry said: 'We returned the sailor and his yacht to a mooring in Clifden Bay and were glad to have been able to respond so quickly to a vessel in need of assistance.'


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