Two call outs in two days for Youghal RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Youghal RNLI were paged at 6.50pm on Thursday 15 August to reports of 1 person on board an open boat struggling to make headway off of Youghal Lighthouse

RNLI/Elizabeth Stepney-Power

Shortly after launching the inshore lifeboat, Gordon and Phil, came across the 17ft open boat being towed into Youghal harbour by a fishing vessel. After confirming the with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre that the situation was under control, the crew of, Helm Eric Brooks, Alan Revins and Jack Nolan, returned to the lifeboat station. Conditions were calm with good visibility.

The pagers went off again the following evening (Friday 16 August) at 8.05pm this time to reports of a speedboat adrift in the harbour. The lifeboat launched within minutes of the call in cloudy and breezy conditions. A thorough search was made from Ferry point to Easter Point to Claycastle with no sign of a vessel in trouble. At 9.34pm the lifeboat was stood down by the Coast Guard. The crew of, Helm Martin Morris, Alan Revins, Ricky Fitzgerald and Liam Keogh returned to the station at 9.50pm where they washed down the lifeboat and all equipment ready for service.

Notes to editors

· Photos taken from on board camera.

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