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Howth RNLI tow stranded yacht with five people aboard to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Howth RNLI launched the all-weather and inshore lifeboat yesterday (Monday 1 May) to reports of a sailing yacht with people aboard with steering failure at the entrance to Malahide estuary.

The inshore lifeboat was first on scene and located the casualty vessel just after 12 noon. The 30ft sailing yacht had five people aboard and was experiencing steering problems and unable to safely manoeuvre.

The all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene shortly after and secured a towline to the stricken yacht. The casualty vessel was towed to the safety of Howth marina.

The wind was Force 4-5 and the sea state was moderate at the entrance to Malahide estuary. Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats returned to station and were stood down after the successful rescue.

Speaking following the call out, Ian Sheirdan, Howth RNLI Duty Coxswain said: ‘We were delighted to assist the five crew of the sailing yacht after they found themselves with no steering at the entrance to Malahide marina. They quickly radioed for assistance which was the correct thing to do and we were able to launch and tow the yacht to safety.’


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Howth RNLI tow stranded yacht with 5 people aboard to safety

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Howth RNLI tow stranded yacht with 5 people aboard to safety
Howth RNLI tow stranded yacht with 5 people aboard to safety

RNLI/Noel Davidson

Howth RNLI tow stranded yacht with 5 people aboard to safety

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