Courtmacsherry RNLI rescue two people onboard a 42ft yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Courtmacsherry RNLI was alerted by Valentia Coast Guard yesterday (Wednesday 22 June) at 3.30pm, that two people were onboard a 42ft yacht experiencing mechanical problems 25 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain Mark John Gannon and a crew of five onboard before quickly proceeding to the area of the casualties, just south of the Kinsale Head Gas field which is currently being decommissioned.

The lifeboat located the yacht at 5.30pm and a decision was made to tow and return the yacht to the nearest safe port of Courtmacsherry.

The two people onboard were on passage from Kinsale to the Scilly Isles when they encountered difficulties. The weather at sea today was good with light winds.

After four-and-a-half hours, the lifeboat with yacht in tow, arrived back to Courtmacsherry Pontoon at 10.15pm. The casualties were pleased to be back to port with their yacht safely.

Philip White, Courtmacsherry RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: 'It has been a very busy six days with four call outs and great credit is due to all the volunteer crew who drop everything when their pagers sound to help others in distress.'

The crew on this rescue were Coxswain Mark John Gannon, mechanic Chris Guy and crew members Dara Gannon, Dave Philips and Pat Lawton.


Courtmacsherry RNLI crew


Courtmacsherry RNLI crew

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