Valentia RNLI assist motor cruiser with two people onboard
Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat this afternoon (Thursday 28 June) to assist a 30ft motor cruiser with two people onboard, which had suffered mechanical failure.
At 2.37pm Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI's all-weather lifeboat to launch and assist a motor cruiser with mechanical failure one mile south of Skellig Rock Little, Co.Kerry.
Weather conditions at the time were described as good with clear visibility.
Arriving on scene, a volunteer crew member was transferred to the casualty vessel to assist with setting up a tow. The vessel was taken under tow and towed safely back into Knightstown Harbour.
Speaking following the call out, Michelle Curran, Valentia RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, said: ‘With this stunning weather more people are taking to the water, we urge everyone to respect the water, always carry a means for calling for help and ensure all onboard know how to use it'.
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.