Clogherhead RNLI rescues New Zealand catamaran and crew
Clogherhead RNLI had a late night call out last night (Wednesday 1 August) to rescue the crew of a yacht that had got into difficulty.
At approximately 10.10pm, Clogherhead RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was requested by the Irish Coast Guard to launch and go to the aid of a yacht that had become entangled in ropes, two and half miles north of Dunany Point.
The lifeboat quickly located the 45ft New Zealand catamaran and helped free the vessel and made it ready to be towed to safety.
The catamaran was towed to Port Oriel in good weather conditions and successfully tied up at the pier at approximately 1.20am.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.