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Union Hall RNLI goes to aid of four people on yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Union Hall RNLI were requested to launch their inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Christine and Raymond Fielding, by Valentia Coast Guard at 4.28pm today (Friday 29th July) to a 9m yacht with four people onboard, that had got difficulty a mile south of Galley Head, in West Cork

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Christine and Raymond Fielding

The lifeboat under helm Michael Limrick with crew Sean Walsh, Ríona Casey and Charlie Deasy launched at 4.34pm, in a westerly breeze with moderate sea conditions at the time.

Once on scene, an assessment was carried out by the crew and due to the yacht being tangled in a lobster buoy, the rope was cut, so that the boat could drift free, and the buoy was reattached to the rope.

The four onboard the yacht, thanked the crew and were happy to continue themselves, and the lifeboat returned to Union Hall Lifeboat Station at 5.11pm

Following the call out, Jim Moloney, Union Hall RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘It is always advisable to call the Coast Guard on 112/999 if you are in difficulty, or you see someone in trouble on or near the water, wear a lifejacket, carry a means of communication, wear suitable clothing for the trip at sea’.

Union Hall RNLI volunteers

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Volunteer crew left to right - Charlie Deasy, Sean Walsh, Ríona Casey and Michael Limrick

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Christine and Raymond Fielding

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