Wednesday 20 November 2019

Busy time for Rosslare Harbour lifeboat

The Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat.
The Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat.

Maria Pepper

August is proving to be a busy month for the RNLI Lifeboat in Rosslare Harbour which responded to five maritime emergencies off the coast of Wexford in the space of seven days.

Last Wednesday, the Irish Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to assist a yacht with two people on board which lost power after becoming entangled in lobster pot lines two miles south of Carnesore Point and needed to be towed ashore for repair work.

On Sunday, August 4, over the bank holiday weekend, it launched at 10 a.m. to help a four metre boat found drifting by a passing freighter, 12 miles east of Tuskar Rock lighthouse with a lone injured person onboard.

The injured man, a Brazilian national, was airlifted to Waterford Hospital by the Irish Coast Guard helicopter R117. The lifeboat attempted to tow the small boat back to port but it sank at the start of the journey.

This was just hours after a Mayday was sent at 3 am on Sunday morning by a 17m schooner taking on water - there were 10 people on board including children. The yacht made its way back to the harbour shadowed by the lifeboat.

On Saturday evening of the holiday weekend, the Irish Coast Guard requested help for a 10 metre yacht with four people on board which was entangled in fishing gear three miles off Rosslare Harbour. Two volunteers managed to cut free the yacht which continued on its way.

The lifeboat was summoned to the assistance of a 10 metre yacht with two people on board on Thursday afternoon, August 1. The yacht which was bound for the south coast of the UK, suffered engine problems 10 miles northeast of Rosslare Europort.

The RNLI crew ensured the welfare of the sailors before establishing a towline to bring the vessel back to Rosslare.

Wexford People

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