ROSSLARE'S volunteer lifeboat crew raced to the rescue of six people on board a 14-metre yacht that was in difficulty after getting entangled in fishing gear.
The lifeboat was alerted shortly before 2.30 a.m. on Friday (June 26) following a report from the Irish Coast Guard that a yacht was in difficulty 12 miles south east of Rosslare Harbour.
The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Keith Miller and with five crew members on board launched at 2.55 a.m. and made its way to the scene.
Weather conditions at the time were described as good with some light rain and a south east Force 4 wind blowing. Visibility was fair.
Arriving at the yacht at around 3.30 a.m., the lifeboat crew observed that no one was in any immediate danger and two of the lifeboatmen launched the small inshore Y boat from the all-weather lifeboat so that they could get as close as possible to the yacht.
A towline was established and the lifeboat began to gently pull until the rope was untangled and the yacht was freed. The lifeboat stood by for 15 minutes before the yacht resumed normal passage to Dublin.
Speaking following the call out, Jamie Ryan, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'The crew of the yacht did the right thing this morning and raised the alarm when they got into difficultly.
'It was an early call-out for our volunteers but they were delighted to be able to assist and ensure the six crew members on the yacht could resume their passage to Dublin safely.'