Dunmore East RNLI rescue lone sailor on yacht which lost its rudder

Lifeboats News Release

Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched today (Sunday July 21) to assist a lone sailor on a 10m yacht which lost its rudder. The vessel was located 15 miles South West of Dunmore East.

At 10:30 am the Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched on service to assist a lone sailor on a 10m yacht 15 miles South West of Dunmore East. The yacht had lost its rudder and was adrift 1 mile from the shore in moderate sea conditions.

The volunteer crew of the Trent Class Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat ‘Elizabeth and Ronald’ located the stricken yacht drifting towards the shore with a strong southerly wind. Once on scene, the lifeboat crew established a tow with the yacht but the initial tow was difficult due to the lack of steerage on the rudderless yacht. The lifeboat crew then passed a sea anchor or drogue to the casualty vessel and was trailed astern of the yacht which stabilised the yacht enough to enable a safe tow. The vessel was then towed to the safety of Dunmore East harbour, at 2:15 pm.

David O’ Halloran, RNLI Crewmember for Dunmore East RNLI, said: ‘conditions at sea were challenging for our volunteer crew today. We train for this type of call and we all worked very well together to ensure a successful outcome.’


Yacht being towed by lifeboat in rough water

RNLI/Neville Murphy

Yachy Under Tow
Yacht being towed by lifeboat

RNLI/Neville Murphy

Yacht Under Tow

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