Youghal RNLI goes to aid of two people onboard boat taking on water

Lifeboats News Release

Youghal RNLI came to the aid of two people whose moored yacht was taking on water this morning (Monday 20 May).

RNLI/Elizabeth Stepney-Power

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 10.01am following a report that a 26ft leisure craft was taking on water.

The inshore lifeboat helmed by Liam Keogh was on scene within minutes, in clear conditions. The boat was tied up at its moorings in Youghal harbour, with the two people onboard trying to pump the water out with a hand pump.

Two lifeboat crew boarded the vessel with a salvage pump and made sure the people onboard were ok. They then used the salvage pump to pump the water out. The lifeboat crew requested the Coast Guard for quayside assistance and towed the leisure craft safely back to the slip where it was taken ashore on a trailer.

Speaking following the call out, Youghal RNLI Helm Liam Keogh said: ‘This was a smooth call out for the crew and we were delighted to be able to help. As we approach the summer months, we would remind everyone planning a trip at sea to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of calling for help. Ensure everyone onboard knows how to use it. Always check the weather forecast and tide times. Make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and who to call if you don’t return on time. Learn how to start, run and maintain your engine and always carry tools and spares. Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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