Dun Laoghaire RNLI assist three people on a 35ft yacht off the Dublin coast
At 10.21am today (Saturday 18 July), Dublin Coast Guard requested Dun Laoghaire RNLI to assist three people on board a 35ft yacht which had its propeller fouled approximately two miles of the Dublin coast.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched under Coxswain Mark McGibney with six crew on board and made its way to the scene arriving at 10.55am.
The all-weather lifeboat took the vessel in tow and brought it to Dun Laoghaire Harbour arriving at 12pm.
Weather conditions at the time were described as good with a slight wind and good visibility.
Speaking following the call out, Mark McGibney, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Coxswain said: ‘This can happen to anyone but it’s great to see the people involved wearing lifejackets and having the correct means of communication to call the Irish Coast Guard for help, which was the case today.
'We would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to make sure that their vessel engines and safety equipment are checked and in working order before taking to the water.’
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.