Ballyglass RNLI assists sailor as 10m yacht gets into difficulty off Mayo coast
Ballyglass RNLI has this afternoon (Monday 25 June) came to the aid of a lone sailor whose 10m yacht got into difficulty off the Mayo coast.
The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 12.37pm following a request from the Irish Coast Guard.
The lifeboat under Coxswain James Mangan and with six crew onboard, launched immediately and made its way to the scene some five miles north of Ballyglass Lighthouse.
Weather conditions at the time were described as good with calm waters and the sun shining.
Once on scene, the crew observed that yacht had fouled its propeller. The sailor had entered the water in an attempt to free the propeller but was unsuccessful and called for assistance.
On arrival, the crew assessed that the sailor was safe and well before working to detangle the rope.
The lifeboat crew launched their smaller inflatable daughter Y boat to access the yacht and free the rope from the propeller. A towline was subsequently secured and the lifeboat brought the yacht safely back to Ballyglass Harbour.
Speaking following the call out, Ballyglass RNLI mechanic Allen Murray said: ‘As the summer holidays approach and we continue to enjoy a period of hot weather, we would like to remind everyone to enjoy it but also to respect the water.
‘Always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of communication. Let someone ashore know when you are leaving, where you are going and when you are due back. Check the weather forecast and tide times. Learn how to start, run and maintain your engine and always carry tools and spares. Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
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