Courtmacsherry RNLI in two callouts to yachts off the West Cork coast
Courtmacsherry lifeboat in two callouts this afternoon (Sunday, 15 July) to yachts in trouble off Seven Heads and the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.
The Courtmacsherry RNLI lifeboat successfully berthed the yacht crewed by a sole sailor at the Pier Pontoon in the village after it got into difficulty off the West Cork Coast. The sole sailer was on passage from Portugal to the Shetland Island when he contacted the Coast Guard for help as he got into trouble three miles south west of the Old Head of Kinsale.
It was the culmination of a very busy day on the sea for the Lifeboat crew and Station Voluntary Operations Manager Brian O Dwyer commented. "Once again today, as the nation watched a magical days sport on television, the Lifeboat crew of Courtmacsherry took to the seas in the help of others. Their training and professionalism helped carry out two very successful rescues". He also thanked all their families for their continued support for all these volunteers.
Both rescued Yachts are now berthed beside each other in the safe surrounds of the Courtmacsherry Pier Pintoon
The Lifeboat has now refuelled and is back on its mooring, in full readiness of whenever it is required again.
RNLI Media Contacts
For further information if required contact Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat LPO Vincent O Donovan at 086 2530637 or Lifeboat House at 023 8846600.
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.