Dunmore East RNLI assist 6 persons onboard a dismasted yacht 36miles offshore
Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat crew launched (Sunday 23 August) to assist a 10m yacht which had been dismasted 36 miles south of Dunmore East in the early hours of Sunday morning
On reaching the yacht, the volunteer lifeboat crew conducted a quick assessment of the 6 yacht crewmembers who were in good spirits and thankfully did not need any medical assistance. The yacht which was taking part in a race from Dublin around the Fastnet lighthouse was still able to make its own way slowly under power and was escorted by Dunmore East lifeboat crew to the safety of Dunmore East harbour at 2.15 pm.Tony Kelly, Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘A shout like this really highlights how dedicated our volunteers are. They gave up their Sunday morning without hesitation to spend nearly 7 hours at sea, away from their families to selflessly help others. Thankfully, sea conditions were good at the time and all are now safely back onshore.’
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.