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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Lifeboat comes to aid of speedboat

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

The speedboat is brought to shore by the Courtown RNLI lifeboat.

COURTOWN RNLI was called upon to rescue a speedboat which had broken down and was drifting towards the beach at Ardamine last week.

Two people who were on board the boat were forced to call the RNLI when they were unable to get their boat started and it began to drift towards the beach.

The RNLI crew launched at 3:30 p.m. in order to assist the speedboat which had been launched earlier in Cahore and had headed up to Ardamine beach to water ski.

Volunteer crew members James Mahon, Peter Browne, James Sinnott and Robert Ireton wasted no time in launching the lifeboat and headed straight for Ardamine. Conditions were quite choppy with a moderate south easterly wind when the crew located the 19ft vessel which had drifted onto the beach.

After quite a bit of maneuvering, the crew managed to tow the vessel off the sand and two crew members stayed on board the broken down vessel while it was towed back to the harbour in Courtown. It was subsequently discovered that the cause of the breakdown was a broken fan belt.

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