Castletownbere RNLI assists lone sailor to safety
Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat has successfully assisted a yacht with engine trouble off West Cork coast this morning (Sunday 17 June).
Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat Annette Hutton was put on standby yesterday evening when a yacht 85 miles south west of Bere Island requested assistance from Valentia Coast Guard Radio. The vessel, a 15 metre yacht Mae West with one person onboard had left the Netherlands and was commencing its transatlantic voyage when it experienced difficulty with its propellor. In storm-force conditions, the sailor decided to turn back and head for Castletown under sail.
The Castletownbere lifeboat was launched at 10.15am and located the stricken vessel, in Force 5 winds with a one metre swell, five miles south west of Ardnakinna lighthouse at 10.35am. The vessel was successfully taken under tow and berthed at Castletownbere pier at 12.20pm. The sailor expressed his sincere thanks to the crew for assistance.
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Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Stevens Tel: 086-6015110
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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 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.