Crosshaven RNLI assists sailor on 36ft yacht with smoke in engine off Cork Head
Crosshaven RNLI has came to the aid of a sailor after his yacht got into difficulty off Cork Head.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 4.13pm and requested by the Irish Coast Guard to go to the aid of a 36ft yacht in a position off Cork Head.
The crew of Warren Forbes, Denis Cronin, Aidan O’Connor and Derek Moynan launched the inshore lifeboat and arrived on scene and assessed that there was no fire in the engine bay, but that the engine was disabled.
The casualty vessel was then towed to Crosshaven boatyard and safely berthed.
The lone sailor was en route from Kinsale to Crosshaven, having previously arrived from Plymouth into Kinsale.
Crosshaven RNLI Helm Warren Forbes said: 'A fire onboard a vessel is a sailor's worst nightmare but fortunately no fire was observed when we arrived on scene. The yachtsman made the correct decision by not opening the engine bay and calling for help'.
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.