Wicklow RNLI assist sailor on yacht with mechanical problems
Wicklow all-weather lifeboat went to the assistance of a sailor on a 26ft yacht on Wednesday (30 June).
The yacht was located near Bray Head around Midday and was found to have some mechanical problems, but it still had propulsion and was able to motor back to port.
The yacht was escorted into nearby Greystones harbour by the lifeboat and arrived at lunchtime. Once the yacht was safely alongside the marina, Wicklow Lifeboat returned to Station.
Speaking after the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer, Tommy Dover said: ‘The sailor was able to contact the Coast Guard for assistance today, and we strongly encourage you to take a means of calling for help that is most suitable for your activity on the water, such as a Marine VHF radio or mobile phone. We advise that you make sure you know how to use it and keep it within reach at all times.’
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.