Wednesday 25 April 2018

'Anything can go wrong at sea' - Ten people rescued by RNLI in early morning mission

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Kathy Armstrong

The RNLI rescued ten people after the mast of their yacht was smashed in the early hours of this morning.

The group were taking part in the Fastnet race when they got into trouble off the coast of Cork.

Vincent O'Donovan, PRO for Courtmacsherry RNLI, told about the successful rescue.

He said: "We were tasked to go to the aid of ten people shortly after 3.20am who were on a forty-foot Olympic racing yacht that was about 13 miles off the Galley Head.

"It was taking part in the Fastnet race and smashed a mast and got into difficulty."

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The RNLI managed to reach the group by RNLI and after assessing the situation they were able to tow them back to shore.

Vincent said: "Everybody on board is fine, we were there very fast and bring them back to the harbour.

"Anything can go wrong in these races and anything can go wrong at sea.

"We've had four callouts in the last nine days so it is a high rate."

Vincent added that weather conditions "weren't too bad" but urged people to always be cautious on the water.

He said: "Our advice to people is to make sure you respect the water, have life jackets on board and make sure you let people know where you are going."

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