Rosslare Harbour RNLI volunteers called to assist small yacht with two onboard
Rosslare Harbour RNLI volunteers were called to assist a small yacht with two onboard on Saturday last (17 August).
A small south bound yacht with two people on board found themselves in difficulty off Cahore Point, off the north Wexford coast. Tangled in a lobster pot line and unable to sail in the freshening south westerly wind, the crew called the Coast Guard for assistance.
Rosslare Harbour RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat and reached the yacht in a short time.
The volunteer crew managed to attach a tow line to the yacht and bring it close to Cahore Harbour. Due to shallow water, the Cahore Inshore Rescue Boat took over the tow and brought the yacht Into the safety of the harbour.
Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat then made its way back to berth in Rosslare Europort.
Rosslare Harbour RNLI Coxswain Eamonn O'Rourke said: 'I would like to commend our volunteer crew who worked hard to attach a tow to the yacht in challenging conditions, we were glad to see the vulnerable yacht and her crew safe.'
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.