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Rosslare RNLI launch to assist lone yachtsman

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat crew with Rosslare RNLI launched last night (Wednesday 2019) at 11.30 pm to an overdue yacht which had been due to arrive in the Channel Islands.

Rosslare RNLI on exercise

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Rosslare RNLI on exercise

The Coast Guard requested Rosslare lifeboat crew to check on the yacht which was picked up 20 miles east of Tuskar Rock lighthouse.

On arrival at the scene the it was discovered that the yacht had lost power and the lone yachtsman was steadily making his way south. The decision was taken to take the yacht under tow into Rosslare Eurport. Rosslare RNLI under Coxswain Eamon O’Rourke brought the yacht into the port at 4.30am this morning. Weather on scene was described as moderate with westerly wind.

Commenting on the callout Rosslare RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager David Maloney said, ‘ It is always better to be safe than sorry and in this case we were able to assist a lone yachtsman who was in difficulty. It was a long night for the crew but a good result.’

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