Union Hall RNLI assist two people on 34ft yacht in difficulty off Toe Head
Union Hall RNLI assisted two people last night (Tuesday 22 June)after their 34ft yacht got into mechanical difficulty off Toe Head in West Cork.
The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat Margaret Bench of Solihull, by the Irish Coast Guard. The lifeboat helmed by Michael Limrick with Liam Limrick and Craig Jennings onboard, were on a training exercise at the time, and launched back out to sea at 9pm.
The lifeboat made its way to the area off Toe Head where the crew observed that the yacht was making progress but was slow due to mechanical issues. Sea conditions were good at the time with a moderate northerly breeze, so the volunteer crew stayed alongside the yacht and escorted it back to the pier at Union Hall.
Speaking following the call out, Peter Deasy, Union Hall RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘Our volunteer crew were just returning from an exercise and a busy day of training so I asked the crew if they would like an alternative crew but they were very willing to interrupt their training and proceed to assist the casualties. We congratulate Craig Jennings on what started as a three hour training exercise for him but turned into nearly five hours at sea and included his first call out with Union Hall RNLI.
'We would remind everyone for the season ahead to always carry a means of communication and wear a lifejacket.'
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.