Wednesday 11 December 2019

Rough seas force rescue of 20 sailors

Action from a previous staging of the Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Action from a previous staging of the Dun Laoghaire Regatta

TWO dozen yachtsmen and boaters were rescued in separate incidents on Dublin Bay late yesterday during strong winds and choppy seas.

Approximately 20 crew members from four yachts taking part in the opening day of the Dun Laoghaire Regatta had to be brought back to the town's harbour by lifeboats.

RNLI rescue boats from Dun Laoghaire and Howth were dispatched after the yachts got into difficulty in the bay off Dollymount strand late yesterday afternoon.

Two of the racing yachts lost sails, another had a torn sail and the fourth had rope tangled up in its propeller as the annual yachting race got under way yesterday.

Sea swells and Force 6 winds with gusts of up to 50 k/ph may have been factors. Some 3,000 people are expected to take to 420 boats for the fourth Dun Laoghaire Regatta which runs until Sunday.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, two men and two boys aboard a 24-foot cabin cruiser made a distress call after their engine failed.

The crew were initially unable to give their location off the coast of Co Wexford as their boat drifted.

Four lifeboats were dispatched from Courtown, Rosslare, Cahore and Arklow while the Coast Guard helicopter was sent from Wexford which was able to pinpoint their location off Tara Hill in North Wexford, approximately six miles out to sea. Conditions prevented a transfer onto the lifeboats so they remained on board and were towed back to Arklow harbour.

Irish Independent

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