Howth RNLI rescue 4 people in sailing yacht with propulsion difficulties
Howth RNLI rescue 4 people in a sailing yacht who were struggling to make it back to safe harbour and drifting with no propulsion.
Howth RNLI pagers sounded at 3.10pm Tuesday 29th June 2021 to reports of a sailing yacht with 4 people on board who were drifting in the vicinity of Lambay Island.
The Howth RNLI all weather lifeboat and volunteer crew launched 15 minutes later and made it’s way to the scene
Weather conditions at the time gave good visibility but there was a light northerly breeze and a string tide at the location. Howth RNLI Deputy Coxswain Ian Sheridan assessed the situation and as the yacht was completely disabled a decision was taken to take the yacht in tow to the safety of Howth Harbour.
The 4 people aboard were all wearing lifejackets and were in good spirits.
Speaking following the callout, Stephen Harris, Howth RNLI Deputy Launch Authority said: ‘When the call was raised we were delighted to help the 4 people this afternoon, they all had their lifejackets and safety gear but were not able to make any headway trying to return to harbour, we were happy to assist and they were extremely grateful’
The RNLI continues to provide an on call 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service. To ensure peoples’ own safety in or on the water please adhere to the relevant water safety guidance for your activity. More information can be found at www.rnli.org/safety
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.