Rosslare Harbour RNLI assists eight people on 10m yacht off Tuskar Rock
Rosslare Harbour RNLI came to the aid of eight people whose 10m yacht got into difficulty off the Wexford coast in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 13 June).
The Rosslare Harbour volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 2.45am at the request of the Irish Coast Guard following a report that a 10m yacht which was participating in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Yacht Race had experienced steering difficulties as it approached Tuskar Rock Lighthouse off the south east Wexford coast.
The yacht which had eight people onboard used emergency steering to continue on towards Kilmore Quay with the Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat escorting alongside to Carnsore Point. At this point, the yacht was able to continue unaided to Kilmore Quay. The Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat returned to its station at 4.15am this morning.
Speaking following the call out, Eamonn O’Rourke, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Coxswain said: ‘This was an early morning call out for our volunteers but we were all delighted to help and ensure that the sailors were safe and well and could safely reach their destination. We would like to wish the sailors all the best as they continue towards Dingle.’
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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.