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Dun Laoghaire RNLI comes to the aid of a solo sailor dismasted off Dalkey Island

Lifeboats News Release

Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a 34ft yacht unexpectedly dismasted while sailing near Dalkey Island.

Dun Laoghaire

34ft Yacht dismasted near Dalkey Island

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch the all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Anna Livia at 2.15pm (Sunday August 25). The skipper aboard the yacht was able to call the Coast Guard, as he had a backup VHF radio.

The weather conditions were good and calm.

Once on the scene, the lifeboat volunteer crew checked that the skipper was safe and uninjured. He and his yacht were then towed back to Dun Laoghaire.

Commenting after the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Coxswain Mark McGibney said:

‘In this situation where the yacht unexpectedly dismasted. The skipper was able to alert the coast guard, as thankfully he had a backup handheld VHF radio. It is also essential to always carry a means of communication’.


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