Skerries RNLI tow yacht suffering engine failure to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI towed a 25 foot yacht with one man on board to safety yesterday afternoon (Sunday 12 July) after they suffered engine failure east of Skerries harbour.

Skerries RNLI towing yacht to safety

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI towing yacht to safety

The volunteer crew launched the lifeboat shortly after 1pm at the request of Dublin Coast Guard following a VHF radio call from the vessel requesting assistance.

With only a brief description of the yacht, and a position given as east of Skerries harbour, the lifeboat carried out a search of the area, approaching a number of vessels. They soon located the yacht, and confirmed that there was only one person on board and they were not in need of any medical assistance. Another yacht was standing by the stricken vessel, in case any assistance was required prior to the arrival the lifeboat.

A tow was established and the yacht was brought safely into Skerries where some volunteer crew on the harbour assisted with tying it up alongside the harbour wall.

Conditions at the time were calm with a force one to two to south to south-west wind.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘It’s been a busy few weeks for our volunteer crew, but they are always ready to drop what they are doing to help anyone in difficulty on the water.’


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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email gerryjcanning@gmail.com or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk


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