Five people rescued by Wicklow RNLI after yacht gets into difficulty
Five people were brought to safety by Wicklow RNLI off the Wicklow Coast this evening (Saturday 1 June) after their yacht got into difficulty.
Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater put to sea at 5.25pm following a launch request pager alert by the Coast Guard. The skipper of the yacht had called for assistance after the rudder failed and they were unable to steer back to port.
The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh located the vessel about a mile north of the Mounditch buoy at 5.48pm. Conditions in the area were sea state calm with south easterly wind force three.
A towline was quickly established, and the 30-ft yacht was towed into Greystones harbour.
The five people were safely landed ashore and the yacht was secured alongside Greystones Marina shortly after 6.10pm.
This is the sixth callout for the Shannon class lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater since going on station at Wicklow in April.
The crew on the callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Brendan Kavanagh, Graham Fitzgerald, Sean Farmar and Joe Hanlon.
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.