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Rosslare Harbour RNLI assists 13m yacht with three onboard off the Wicklow coast

Lifeboats News Release

Rosslare Harbour RNLI assisted three men onboard a yacht yesterday evening (Wednesday 3 May) after it got into difficulty off the Wicklow coast.

The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke and six volunteer crew members onboard launched at 6.40pm.

The 13m yacht which was travelling north, developed engine problems and due to unfavourable wind conditions was unable to make progress.

The weather was difficult with a strong north easterly Force 6 to 7 wind.

Having reached the sailing vessel off the Wicklow coast, the lifeboat crew proceeded to take the yacht on tow and headed to the port of Arklow.

Arklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat which had completed another call out at the time met the vessels and was able to take over the tow, continuing into Arklow port.

Speaking following the call out, Jamie Ryan, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer praised the efforts of the volunteers who had to endure some challenging sea conditions.

‘As we continue to enjoy the good weather and enter into the main boating season, we would remind all those taking to the sea over the summer months to respect the water,’ he continued. ‘Always wear a lifejacket and always have a means for calling and signalling for help, ensuring everyone onboard knows how to use it. Always check the weather forecast and tide times and make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and who to call if you don’t return on time.’


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For more information please contact Jamie Ryan, Rosslare RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 0872669046, email jepryan@eircom.net or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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