Wicklow RNLI launch to assist yacht
Wicklow all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 1pm today (Wednesday 9 September) to assist a 14-metre yacht with engine failure off the Wicklow Coast.
The Shannon class lifeboat under the command of Second Coxswain Ciaran Doyle located the yacht with two sailors twenty minutes later, six miles north of Wicklow harbour. Conditions on scene were sea state moderate with wind north westerly force four.
A towline was quickly established, and the yacht was towed back towards Wicklow harbour, where the two sailors were landed safely ashore at 2:30pm.
The crew on the call out were Coxswain Ciaran Doyle, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, David O’ Leary, Carol Flahive, Ian Heffernan and Andrew Carlin.
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.