Kilmore Quay RNLI assists three people aboard becalmed yacht 30 miles off coast

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Kilmore Quay RNLI came to the aid of three people this morning (Monday 12 September) after their becalmed yacht experienced engine failure 30 miles off the Wexford coast

RNLI/Elaine Walsh

The volunteer crew launched their all-weather Tamar class lifeboat, Killarney, following a request by the Irish Coast Guard shortly after 9:00am. Weather conditions at the time were fair, with some fog, light winds and calm seas. The conditions prevented the crew of the 10.5m yacht from using sail power. The subsequent engine failure meant the yacht
was becalmed and unable to move.

The lifeboat under Coxswain Philip Walsh with 5 crew members on board immediately launched and made its way to the scene 30 miles south of Kilmore Quay arriving at 11:11am.

The lifeboat crew checked that all on board the yacht were safe and well before assessing the situation with the vessel. A decision was made to establish a towline and return to the nearest port, which was Kilmore Quay. The passage back to port with the vessel under tow took just over three and a half hours.

Arriving back in the harbour at 2:50pm, the casualty vessel was secured alongside the marina assisted by the Kilmore Quay unit of the Irish Coast Guard. The lifeboat returned to its berth and was made ready for service again by the crew.
Speaking following the call out, Kilmore Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John Grace, said: ‘Even the best maintained equipment can have unexpected problems, which is why it is so important to carry a means of communication when heading out to sea. If you find yourself in difficulty, or you see someone in trouble, on or near the water, call the Coast Guard on 112 or 999.’

The Kilmore Quay RNLI lifeboat crew involved in the call out were Coxswain Philip Walsh, crew members Sam Nunn, Tom Lambert, Robbie Connolly, Michelle Hinchy and Jack Devereux.

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