Rosslare lifeboat called to stricken yacht

David Tucker

Published 19/05/2015 | 00:00

A photograph taken from the lifeboat as it approached the yacht.
A photograph taken from the lifeboat as it approached the yacht.

Rosslare Harbour's RNLI crew were called to the aid of two people on board a 40ft yacht which got into difficulty in huge swells and breakers on Sunday night, May 10.

The alarm was raised at approximately 8 p.m. by a member of the public who saw a boat circling in the water and going side-on to the weather, two miles inside Tuskar Rock.

The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 8.05 p.m. and were on scene four miles east, north east of Rosslare Harbour, within 20 minutes.

The yacht, with two crew members on board, had broken its main sail which then became tangled on deck. There were huge swells and breakers at the time.

On arrival, the lifeboat crew observed that the yacht's crew had managed to disentangle the main sail. The lifeboat stood by until the yacht was free from danger and ready to safely continue on its passage.

Speaking following the call out, Dave Maloney, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm when they saw that the yacht was experiencing some problems. The sea was quite rough at the time but the crew of the yacht managed to bring the situation under control and we were happy to stand by until they were safe to proceed.'

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