Howth RNLI rescue lone yachtsman stranded in Irish Sea
Howth RNLI launched the all weather lifeboat to rescue a lone yachtsman whose sailing vessel got into difficulty 15 miles east of Dublin
The RNLI pagers sounded at 7.10pm on Thursday 3rd September to reports of a sailing vessel in difficulty 5 miles to the east of the Kish Lighthouse. The all weather lifeboat was launched and located the stricken sailing yacht with one crew member onboard. The yacht had suffered rigging and engine damage and unable to make way.
The volunteer lifeboat crew took the yacht in tow and brought the casualty vessel to the safety of Poolbeg marina in Dublin Port at 10.45pm.
The lone yachtsman was in good spirits despite his ordeal.
Speaking following the callout, Fred Connolly, Howth RNLI Lifeboat Coxwain said: ‘Our volunteer lifeboat crew are always ready to respond to a call for help and we train for situations just like this. We were delighted to able to quickly locate the sailing boat, commence the tow and bring the sailor safely back to Dublin port’
The RNLI continues to provide an on call 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service. To ensure peoples’ own safety in or on the water please adhere to the relevant water safety guidance for your activity. More information can be found at www.rnli.org/safety
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.