Sunday 25 February 2018

Seven people rescued after yacht ran aground off Irish coast

An RNLI team joined the search operation
An RNLI team joined the search operation

Tomas Heneghan

Seven people have been rescued from a yacht after it ran aground at Ireland’s Eye.

Howth RNLI received a report yesterday afternoon of a sailing yacht carrying four adults and three children getting into difficulty.

A rescue was launched at around 1.15pm, with the yacht being located quickly.

Howth RNLI said two volunteers Fin Goggin and Stephen Mullaney threw a tow line to the vessel upon arrival.

Howth RNLI Coxswain Fred Connolly then safely towed the casualty vessel off the rocks with little or no damage.

Once the yacht was removed from the rocks it was able to make its own way back to Howth Harbour.

Howth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Colm Newport said: “A quick call was made by the skipper of the yacht as soon as he got into difficulty which showed good seamanship.

“These things happen and we were delighted to be able to assist.”

The RNLI also said the weather on Thursday was excellent and the sea was calm with little or no wind present.

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