Tuesday 17 September 2019

Lone yachtsman rescued off the Wexford coast

Rescue 117
Rescue 117

By Esther Hayden

A lone yachtsman was rescued off the coast of Wexford on Tuesday evening.

The man was rescued by the Irish Coastguard on his overturned yacht 20 miles off the County Wexford coast.

The yachtsman triggered his Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) at approximately 8pm on Tuesday evening which alerted the Marine Rescue Centre (MRCC) in Dublin of his position.

The Waterford Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 117, was immediately tasked to the position. The lone yachtsman was spotted sitting on the hull of his upturned vessel and was winched to safety by the Coast Guard helicopter and transferred to Waterford Regional hospital.

A Coast Guard spokesman highlighted the importance of observing two important  safety rules when going to sea; a capacity to stay afloat if you do fall in the water and a capacity to communicate or raise the alert. This latest incident confirms the importance of these two basic approaches.

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