Union Hall RNLI goes to aid of two people on a yacht in difficulty.

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The second callout in three days for the volunteers at Union Hall.

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The lifeboat arriving back at at The Lifeboat Station

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 9.52pm yesterday (Friday 2nd September) to a 35ft yacht with two people onboard, that had got difficulty three quarters of a mile mile west of Galley Head, in West Cork.

The lifeboat under Helm Aodh O’Donnell with crew Chris Collins, Sean Walsh and Ríona Casey launched at 10.00pm, in a westerly force 4 wind. The two onboard had called for assistance due to engine failure and freshening weather conditions. A line was attached and the lifeboat towed the yacht to the nearest safe and suitable port of Union Hall, arriving back to the lifeboat Station at 00.05 (Saturday morning) after securing the yacht at the pier.

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

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Lifeboat arriving at the pier.

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Crew and shore crew - from left to right - John O’Donovan, Chris Collins, Ríona Casey, Aodh O’Donnell, Sean Walsh, Niamh Collins and John Kelleher.

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