Kilmore Quay RNLI went to the aid of three people in two separate marine incidents off the coast of Wexford last weekend.
The lifeboat Killarney was called out in the early hours of Saturday morning to assist a lone sailor whose yacht had run aground just outside Kilmore Quay harbour after launching the previous afternoon to assist two people whose yacht experienced engine failure.
At 2.34am on Saturday, the Irish Coast Guard requested the launch of the lifeboat in response to a ‘Pan-Pan’ call received from the lone sailor whose 10m yacht had run aground in low water outside the harbour.
Coxswain Eugene Kehoe and four crew members made their way to the scene in calm and clear conditions but the water was too shallow for the Killarney to draw alongside and the lifeboat’s inflatable Y-boat was launched to make the final approach to the vessel and check that the sailor was safe and well.
As the tide was rising, the decision was taken to wait for the tide to re-float the boat. The yacht was re-floated at 3.13am and escorted by the lifeboat, made its way back to the harbour in Kilmore Quay, arriving at 3.35am.
On Friday afternoon, the lifeboat was summoned by the Irish Coast Guard to assist two people on board a yacht with engine failure. which was anchored on the northeast side of the Great Saltee Island.
The coxswain and five crew members arrived on the scene and assessed the situation before establishing a tow line. After retrieving the yacht’s anchor and securing the line, the vessel was towed back to Kilmore Quay, arriving in the harbour at 2.48pm
The volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew involved in both call outs included coxswain Kehoe, mechanic Philp Walsh, Aidan Bates, Michelle Hinchy, Dean Roche, Nigel Kehoe, Mark Power and Shane Devereux.