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Youghal RNLI assists drifting boat after member of the public raises alarm

Lifeboats News Release

Youghal RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched this morning (4 January) at 10.12am to a report from a member of the public who saw a boat drifting out to sea.

Youghal RNLI on exercise


Youghal RNLI on exercise

The lifeboat crew located the 12ft punt at 10:15am drifting from Youghal Bridge out the harbour on a strong falling tide. The lifeboat crew then towed the vessel to Ferry Point where the local Coast Guard were waiting.

Youghal RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Mark Nolan said, "thanks to the member of public that reported this, as any vessel like this on a strong falling tide could be a navigational hazard to other marine traffic in the area. If you see someone in trouble or notices anything suspicious in the water dial 999 or 122 and ask for the Coast Guard."

The volunteer lifeboat crew on the callout were Helm Erik Brooks and crew Kevin Daly and Ivan Bryan.


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