Bank holiday callout for Rosslare Harbour RNLI helps tourist en route to Cork

Lifeboats News Release

Rosslare Harbour RNLI had a callout during the bank holiday weekend to help a Dutch tourist on his motorboat when the vessel lost power near Rosslare while he was travelling from Dun Laoghaire to Cork.

Rosslare RNLI on exercise

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Rosslare RNLI on exercise

The call for help came on Saturday afternoon (5 May, 2018) at 1.55pm when the lifeboat crew were requested to launch to a 33ft motorboat that had lost power ten miles north of Rosslare Harbour. The sole occupant was a Dutch man who was travelling from Dun Laoghaire to Cork when his vessel lost power and he ran into difficulty.

The lifeboat was launched and the crew were on scene quickly, transferring a volunteer crewmember onboard the motorboat as the man was on his own. A tow was established and conditions were good for the journey back to land. There was a slight haze but the sea was calm.

The lifeboat crew towed the vessel back to the Fisherman’s Wall in Rosslare Harbour and the man was welcomed ashore.

Commenting on the callout, Rosslare RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Maloney said, ‘It was perfect conditions for a callout. As the man was travelling on his own we put one of our lifeboat crew onboard to help establish the tow and to check everything was okay. Thankfully it was nothing too serious and we were able to bring him safely to Rosslare where he could get his vessel seen to and hopefully continue on with his journey.


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