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Monday 11 December 2017

False alarm call near Carnsore Point

By Esther Hayden

The EPIRB alarm was accidentally activated on the yacht which was competing in the Normandy Challenge.
The EPIRB alarm was accidentally activated on the yacht which was competing in the Normandy Challenge.

Rosslare Harbour RNLI launched last Tuesday morning but the distress call turned out to be a false alarm.

The all weather lifeboat was launched at 11.45 a.m. on Tuesday last responding to an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) distress signal.

The Irish Coast Guard alerted Rosslare Harbour RNLI to immediately launch following an EPIRB alarm, which usually indicates a vessel in serious danger. The signal was traced to an 18m yacht close to Carnesore Point off the Wexford coast, which was competing in the Normandy Challenge yacht race.

The RNLI lifeboat and Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 were quickly on the scene. It was soon established that the 18m yacht was not in trouble and the EPIRB alarm had accidentally activated.

Volunteer RNLI crew aboard Rosslare Harbour lifeboat deactivated the alarm system, returned the device to the yacht which then continued on with its race. Conditions at the time were reasonably favourable with a brisk southerly wind.

Speaking after the incident Rosslare Harbour RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Jamie Ryan praised the skill of the coxswain who brought the lifeboat alongside the yacht and the efforts of the RNLI volunteers who fixed the EPIRB and returned it to the 18m yacht.

Wexford People

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