Thursday 20 June 2019

Rudder fails on yacht with five crew

Five people were safely brought to shore by Wicklow RNLI on Sunday evening after their yacht got into difficulty.

The all-weather lifeboat 'Jock and Annie Slater' was launched at 5.25 p.m. after a call-out alert by the Coast Guard. The skipper of the vessel stricken vessel called for assistance after the rudder failed and they were unable to steer back to port.

The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh located the vessel about a mile north of the Mounditch buoy at 5.48 p.m..

Conditions in the area were sea state calm with south easterly wind force three.

A towline was quickly established, and the 30-foot yacht was towed into Greystones harbour.

The five people were safely landed ashore and the yacht was secured alongside Greystones Marina shortly after 6.10 p.m.

This is the sixth callout for the Shannon class lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater since going on station at Wicklow in April.

The crew on the callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Brendan Kavanagh, Graham Fitzgerald, Sean Farmar and Joe Hanlon.

Wicklow People