Howth RNLI rescue three people and their sailing vessel which had lost steering
Howth RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat to reports of a sailing vessel with three people onboard having lost steering and drifted onto rocks at the base of Howth Head yesterday (Sunday 24 June).
A telephone call to Howth Yacht Club on was made by the occupants of a sail boat which had been travelling from Poolbeg Yacht Club to Howth to report that they had lost their rudder and were drifting towards the base of the cliffs close to the Bailey lighthouse. Howth Yacht Club alerted Howth RNLI which immediately paged the local RNLI volunteers and launched the inshore lifeboat within 10 minutes.
The inshore Lifeboat was crewed by Ian Martin (Helm), Joss Walsh and Killian O’Reilly. They quickly located the vessel at the base of the cliffs and after checking that the three crew members aboard the yacht were all okay they proceeded to take the casualty vessel under tow to the safety of Howth Marina. The three people aboard the yacht were in good spirits and thanked the RNLI for their help.
The wind was Force 3-4 southerly and the sea state was calm at the time.
Speaking following the call out, Ian Martin, Howth RNLI inshore lifeboat helm said: ‘We have to compliment the 3 people aboard the vessel for their quick action in calling for help when their boat experienced difficulties. We were delighted to be able to launch so quickly and assist and bring them back to Howth Marina.
‘We remind everyone enjoying this good weather to always respect the water. Irish waters can be dangerously unpredictable. The main risks that catch people are unexpected entry, cold water shock and rip currents and waves. Should you get into difficulty call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
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.