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Dun Laoghaire RNLI comes to the aid of a 47ft yacht with 3 people onboard

Lifeboats News Release

Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a 47ft yacht with three people onboard this morning at 8.50am (Saturday 28 July) when their sail got caught around the rudder, 5 miles east of Dun Laoghaire.

Th 'Anna Livia' all-weather RNLI Lifeboat

RNLI/Dave Branigan

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their all-weather (ALB) at 8.50am following a report from the Irish Coast Guard. (Saturday July 28).

The weather conditions were not good. There was a full gale moderate to rough.

The lifeboat crew of six arrived on the scene just as the crew aboard the yacht managed to free the disentangled sail from the rudder. All three were uninjured.

Commenting after the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Deputy Coxswain David Branigan said:

‘The crew onboard the sail yacht took the correct decision in calling for assistance. The weather conditions were not good at all. A full gale was in progress, so it’s extremely important to carry a means of calling for help in case you do end up in trouble.’

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For more information please contact Sarah Hipwell, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0878078688, email Sarah_Hipwell@rnli.org.uk or Jessica Lamb, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 0879427870, email jrlambracing@gmail.com.

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