Youghal RNLI rescue five people from the water after sailing boats capsize
Volunteer lifeboat crew with Youghal RNLI rescued five people from the water near Capel Island this afternoon (Monday 5 April) when the two small sailing boats they were in capsized leaving one adult and four teenagers in the water. The launch request for the lifeboat was made by the Irish Coast Gua
Launching at 3.23pm in cold, choppy conditions, the inshore lifeboat arrived at the location within 15 minutes to discover three people holding onto an upturned boat. The volunteer lifeboat crew quickly brought all three people on board the lifeboat. As they were carrying out the rescue they learned of a second sailing boat having capsized approximately half a mile away. The second boat, which had been out on the water with the first one, was quickly located and two people were rescued from the water by Youghal lifeboat crew.
All five people were taken to Knockadoon pier after being in the water for around 30-40 minutes and handed over to the care of the awaiting Coast Guard unit and Ambulance service. Rescue Helicopter 117 and the Gardaí were also on scene.
Youghal RNLI then returned to the capsized vessels and with the assistance of Ballycotton RNLI and the Granuaile both boats were righted and towed individually back to Knockadoon pier.
Speaking after the call out Mark Nolan, Youghal RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘The successful outcome to today’s incident is largely due to the safety measures taken by the five people involved. All were wearing lifejackets, they had a personal locator beacon, which activated when they entered the water and they also had a mobile phone, which they used to call the emergency services. All three things enabled a swift response and a successful rescue from all the agencies involved.
‘I would also praise the actions of our volunteer lifeboat crew here in Youghal who took the five casuatlies from the cold water. We wish the five people who were rescued a full recovery.’
Barry MacDonald, Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain also added his praise to the volunteers involved for their timely response.
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· Photo credit Sile Scanlon Ballycotton RNL
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