Rowers saved in rescue drama

Published 22/06/2016 | 00:00

Rosslare Harbour RNLI
Rosslare Harbour RNLI

four young men attempting a record-breaking row off the UK coast were rescued by Rosslare lifeboat after they appealed for help in worsening weather conditions.

They were brought to safety by Rosslare Harbour RNLI in a call-out that lasted over six hours as the all-weather lifeboat towed the 24-foot rowing boat out of the channel and back to the safety of Rosslare harbour.

'If they had waited until things got worse and help was not close enough, it could have ended very differently, ' said Rosslare RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager David Maloney.

The four young rowers have had to set aside their record attempt after setting off from Tower in London 10 days ago to row around the UK coast. After leaving London they came up through the Bristol channel and out into the open sea.

However the weather was worsening last Thursday night and they found themselves battling the elements 22 miles off the Irish coast. Conditions were fresh with a north north-westerly wind gusting 25 knots.

It was then they made the decision to contact the Coast Guard and request help.

Volunteer lifeboat crew at Rosslare Harbour RNLI received the call at 6.15 p.m. and launched in minutes. When on scene an hour later they checked if the young men were all right before establishing a tow and bringing the craft back slowly, so as not to part the tow, to the safety of Rosslare Harbour.

Commenting on the call out Mr Maloney said: 'This call out was a good example of people recognising the importance of calling for help early when they realise they may be getting into difficulty. The group were dealing with worsening weather conditions and a changing tide which was taking them further from where they needed to be, all while they were mid-channel on a record attempt.. I have no doubt they will achieve any records they set their mind to in future.'

Link to RNLI video of the rescue:

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