Helvick Head RNLI assists three sailors in broken down motorboat off Ballyvoyle

Lifeboats News Release

Helvick Head RNLI came to the aid of three sailors on Sunday evening (28 August) after they got into difficulty and needed assistance near Ballyvoyle Head, northeast of Dungarvan.

Helvick Head lifeboat side by side with broken down motorboat arriving into Helvick Head pier

RNLI/RoseAnn Foley

Helvick Head towing broken down motorboat

At the request of the Irish Coast Guard, the volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat into easterly Force 3-4 winds and choppy seas. The lifeboat, helmed by Richard Haines and with crew members Shane Walsh, Pat Devereux and Jamie Walsh onboard, made its way to the scene arriving at 5.02pm.

The crew assessed the situation and found the three male casualties to be safe and well. As the 30ft motorboat had sustained mechanical failure, a decision was made to tow it back to the nearest safe port. A tow line was established and the boats arrived safely back to Helvick Head pier at 6pm.

Speaking following the call out, Sean Walsh, Helvick Head RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always go prepared. Wear a lifejacket and be sure to carry a means of communication. Should you get into trouble or see someone else in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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