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Rosslare Harbour RNLI comes to aid of two onboard sailing yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Rosslare Harbour RNLI was requested to launch its all-weather lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 10.45pm yesterday (23 August) and go to the aid of two people on a sailing yacht. The lifeboat was launched at 11pm and reached the scene at the mouth of Wexford Harbour at 11.20pm.

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Rosslare Harbour RNLI

A 10m sailing yacht had run aground on a sandbank. Having assessed the situation and consulted with the two crew onboard, a decision was made to tow the vessel to Rosslare Harbour. A tow line was secured, and the vessel was safely berthed alongside the fisherman’s wall at 2am. Wexford RNLI were also at the scene.

The lifeboat then returned to the station for refuelling and wash down.

The yacht's crew were wearing flotation devices and were safe and well.

The sea was calm in a light southwest wind. There was no rain.

The lifeboat volunteer crew were Coxswain Keith Miller, mechanic Mick Nicholas and crew members Peter Carr, Ronan Hill, Keith Morris and Andrew Ironside.

Speaking following the call out, Jamie Ryan, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, commended the yacht crew for wearing their flotation safety devices and for carrying communication equipment. He said that it is essential that sailors contact the Coast Guard when in difficulty.


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