Youghal RNLI lifeboat assists two onboard a 13ft pleasure craft

Lifeboats News Release

Youghal RNLI volunteer lifeboat launched yesterday (12 August) at 7.17pm to assist two individuals on a 13ft Rigiflex boat that had suffered engine failure approximately half a mile north of Youghal Bridge at Ballynatray on the River Blackwater.

Youghal RNLI's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

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Youghal RNLI's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

Youghal RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 7.17pm and arrived on scene at the casualty boat approximately 10 minutes later. The boat had broken down due to engine failure around half a mile north of Youghal bridge at Ballynatray, on the river Blackwater. There were two people onboard wearing lifejackets, both were in good spirits and did not require medical assistance. The weather conditions were described as ideal and a filling tide. The lifeboat crew assessed the situation and a tow line was established. The vessel was safely towed back to the Ferry Point in Youghal harbour where the boat was launched from. All were safe ashore and the lifeboat returned to the station where it was washed down, refuelled and ready for service.

Deputy Launching Authority Mark Nolan said; ‘Always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of communion like the casualties in this rescue. If you find yourself in difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'

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