Youghal RNLI lifeboat crew rescue lone sailor after 12ft sailing boat capsizes
Youghal RNLI volunteer crew were tasked to launch following a report of a 12ft sailing dingy that had capsized with a casualty in the water, south of the ferry point in Youghal harbour.
Youghal RNLI's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 3.40pm on Friday (2 September) under Helm Liam Keogh, reaching the vessel within minutes.
Weather conditions were calm with a mild south-westerly wind and a falling tide. Once arriving on scene, lifeboat crew observed that the boat was capsized, and the sailor was trying to self-right the vessel but was unsuccessful.
Lifeboat crew then entered the water and within minutes had re-righted the boat. They helped the man onboard the lifeboat where he was checked for any need of medical assistance but did not require any.
A towline was then established between the lifeboat and the vessel and it was towed back to Ferry point. On arrival at the shore, the man was handed into the care of Youghal Coast Guard, who were awaiting his arrival.
Youghal RNLI Deputy Launching Authority John Herne said: 'The water is terribly cold at this time of year, so be prepared if you are engaging in water related activity and wear the appropriate clothing and a personal floatation device. Also, it is vital to have a means of communion for calling for help should something go wrong.'
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