Youghal RNLI called to unmanned yacht adrift in the harbour
Youghal RNLI was requested to launch by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre yesterday (Tuesday 4 June) at 3.45pm to an 8m yacht adrift in the harbour with no people onboard.
The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat in a moderate north westerly breeze and were with the yacht within minutes.
On arrival the crew determined that the yacht was dragging its mooring. A crew member boarded the yacht and cut the mooring line before the crew established a tow and bought the yacht safely back to the pontoon were the Coast Guard were waiting to assist.
Speaking following the call out, Derry Walsh, Youghal RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘As we approach the summer season, we would remind sailors and boat owners to ensure the appropriate safety, engine and fuel checks are completed ahead of any trip as well as ensuring vessels are safely secured on their moorings. During any activity at sea, always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket, always carry a means of communication and always let someone on the shore know where you are going and when you are due back. Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
Photo credit Eddie Hennessey
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For more information please telephone Lou Stepney-Power, Youghal RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868930572 or E_Stepney-Power@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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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.