Dunmore East RNLI rescue lone sailor

Lifeboats News Release

Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched today (Saturday, June 6) to a report of a capsized sailing dinghy northeast of Dunmore East harbour. It was unknown at the time how many people were on board the sailing dinghy.

Dinghy under tow, RNLI crew on board

RNLI/Neville Murphy

Dinghy under tow, RNLI crew on board

Just before 5pm, the Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched at the request of the Irish Coast Guard to a report from of a capsized dinghy to the northeast of Dunmore East harbour.

Within minutes of the launch, the Trent Class Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat ‘Elizabeth and Ronald’ arrived on scene to find one person in the water alongside the capsized sailing dinghy. The person was recovered safely from the water and assessed by the volunteer crew. One of our crew boarded the capsized sailing vessel, managed to re-right the dinghy and secure the sails. The dinghy was then taken under tow and brought to the safety of Dunmore East Harbour.

Karen Harris, Deputy Launch Authority Dunmore East RNLI said: ‘We would like to thank the member of public who made the call for help. It was a very quick response by our volunteer crew today which resulted in a positive outcome. We would like to remind people, not to go out to sea alone, always have a way of calling for help and remember to adhere to the current restrictions in place’.


Dinghy under tow, RNLI crew on board

RNLI/Neville Murphy

Dinghy under tow, RNLI crew on board
Dinghy under tow, RNLI crew on board

RNLI/Neville Murphy

Dinghy under tow, RNLI crew on board

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