Youghal RNLI rescues family from yacht in fifth lifeboat callout this week

Lifeboats News Release

Youghal RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew rescued a family of three from their striken yacht this morning (Friday 22 July) as it drifted towards rocks near Black Head in Youghal Bay. A couple with their teenage son radioed for help after their 44ft yacht had lost power

RNLI/Mel Mullane

Youghal RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 6.42am and reached the 44ft yacht in ten minutes. A rope had become caught up in the propeller and the vessel had lost all power. The family onboard were experienced sailors and were travelling the world on their yacht for the last 10 years. They radioed for help when they ran into trouble as they became concerned they would end up on the rocks.

Weather conditions were favourable with a falling tide. Once arriving on scene the crew observed that the family were safe and didn’t require medical attention. One volunteer crew member boarded the yacht and established a towline between the lifeboat and the vessel. The lifeboat towed the yacht back to Youghal pontoon where the family were handed into the care of Youghal Coast Guard who were awaiting their arrival.

Youghal RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Mark Nolan said; ‘The family had a VH1 radio onboard and didn’t hesitate to call the Coast Guard to alert the lifeboat for assistance when they experienced difficulty. This has been a very busy time for us here in Youghal with this being our fifth shout less than a week. We would urge people to always carry a means of communion and if they get into difficult to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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