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Kilmore Quay RNLI assist three people in two separate call outs on Monday

Lifeboats News Release

Kilmore Quay RNLI were called this afternoon (11 September) to assist a lone sailor whose yacht had lost all power near the Saltee Islands, having also launched earlier this morning to assist two people approximately two miles south of Carnsore Point whose yacht had been disabled by a fouled prop.

RNLI/Elaine Walsh

The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather Tamar class lifeboat, Killarney, by the Irish Coast Guard at 2:30 pm this afternoon to assist a yacht on passage from France with one person on board that had lost power. Conditions at the time were good, with a light north westerly breeze and calm seas. The lifeboat immediately launched and made its way to the yacht. Arriving on scene ten minutes later, the crew assessed the situation, and decided to transfer a RNLI crew member to the yacht to assist in establishing a towline. The vessel was towed back to Kilmore Quay harbour arriving at 3.20 pm where they were met by an ambulance as a precaution.

Earlier this morning, the crew were requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard to assist two people aboard a yacht with a fouled prop approximately two miles south of Carnsore Point. In similar weather and sea conditions, the lifeboat immediately launched and made its way to the yacht. Arriving on scene at 8.10 am, the crew assessed the situation and ensured all on board were safe and well. With a towline secured to the yacht, the lifeboat was soon under way back to Kilmore Quay, arriving back at the harbour 9:30 am.

Speaking following both call outs, Kilmore Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John Grace, said: ‘We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always wear a life jacket and to always carry a means of calling for help. If you do get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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