Youghal RNLI goes to the aid of man who falls overboard a 28ft yacht
The volunteer crew of Youghal RNLI were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat today (Saturday 18 September) at 4.10pm following reports of a lone sailor in trouble in Youghal Harbour.
The man had fallen overboard whilst trying to free a rope that was caught around the propeller of his 28ft yacht. He managed to get back onboard where he raised the alarm.
Weather conditions at the time were calm and clear.
The lifeboat arrived on scene to find the crew of two local angling vessels already on scene and providing assistance. Two lifeboat crew boarded the 28ft yacht and medically assessed the casualty. He was then taken onboard the lifeboat and taken back to shore to an awaiting family member. No further medical treatment was required.
The yacht was towed back to its nearby mooring and secured.
Mark Nolan, Youghal RNLI Volunteer Deputy Launching Authority said after the call out: ‘Tragedy was avoided today because this gentleman had the good sense to be wearing a lifejacket and to be carrying a form of communication. If he hadn’t the outcome could have been much more serious. I would also like to extend my thanks to the crew of the two local vessels that were first on scene and came to his assistance today.’
Youghal RNLI at sea. Photo by Ivan Bryan, Youghal RNLI Volunteer
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.