Sunday 23 October 2016

WATCH: €70,000 yacht 'a total write-off' after being bashed during storms in Ireland

Published 11/04/2016 | 10:19

Torrential rainfall and gale force winds left a trail of destruction across the country this weekend - and this €70,000 yacht was one of the casualties of the adverse weather conditions.

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The 36ft boat was docked in White Point, a well-used holding point for local boat owners, located a mile west of Cobh in Cork.

This Benetaeau Oceanish 370 was put out in the water slightly early in the season, according to local boat expert Eddie English.

"With the high winds a fitting from the boat became loose which cut the rope and the high water and huge tide caused the boat to crash off the nearby road," Mr English told

More than 70mm of rain fell yesterday as an Atlantic front swept over Ireland and temperatures plummeted.

Met Éireann's Joanna Donnelly said the south bore the brunt of the wintry conditions.

"The heaviest of the rain fell across Cork, particularly on hilly areas," she said.

After crashing against the road at the side of the dock, the expensive boat was left with two holes in the right side and one hole on the left.

"Upon the arrival of a second tide the boat filled half with water began to sink," said Mr English.

The boat which is capable of travelling across the world and is worth between €60,000 - €70,000 is "a total write off".

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