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Dunmore East RNLI assists lone sailor with damaged sail and loss of engine power

Lifeboats News Release

Dunmore East RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched just before 1pm on Saturday (4 June) to assist a lone sailor on a 9m yacht with damaged sails and loss of engine power. The vessel was located drifting, three miles south west of Dunmore East.

RNLI/James Good

Just before 1pm, the volunteer lifeboat crew launched their Shannon class lifeboat, William and Agnes Wray, and made its way to the yacht in difficulty. The lifeboat arrived on scene minutes later and conducted an assessment of the vessel and it was decided to transfer an RNLI crewmember to the yacht to assist the sailor.

Shortly after a tow was established, the vessel was towed to the safety of Dunmore East Harbour at 2.15pm. The conditions at the time were a Force 5 north easterly wind and a moderate sea state.

Speaking following the call out, Dunmore East RNLI's Neville Murphy said ‘This was a speedy response by our volunteers on a bank holiday weekend which ensured a positive result and fair play to the sailor for making a early call before the situation worsened.'

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For more information please contact James Good, Dunmore East RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0877634236, email [email protected] or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Regional Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or [email protected]

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