Youghal RNLI launch to 19ft Yacht free of its mooring.

Lifeboats News Release

Youghal RNLI responded to the pagers today (Thursday 24 September) to a report of an unmanned yacht dragging its moorings in Youghal harbour

RNLI/Mark Nolan

At 4.32pm the volunteer crew launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat in fresh conditions and a strong northerly wind. The 19ft yacht had broken its moorings and was entangled in the moorings of another vessel. Once on scene the crew quickly freed the yacht. A tow was established and the vessel taken to a secure mooring a short distance away.

The crew under the Helm of Erik Brooks returned to the station at 5pm where with the help of the awaiting shore crew a thorough clean of the lifeboat and all equipment was undertaken in line with the RNLI and Government guidelines regarding the Corona virus.

John Griffin, Youghal RNLI Volunteer Deputy Launching Authority said:’With the strong wind today the swift response meant that the casualty vessel was brought to safety before any damage could occur. It was a good team effort by the volunteer crew’.

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Photo Credit Mark Nolan

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