Three-hour tow back to harbour for RNLI
A DAMAGED yacht with five sailors on board had to be towed back to Wicklow Harbour on Saturday evening.
The 13 metre yacht, which was making its way from Wales to Ireland, found itself in difficulties when the forestay snapped on the mast rigging 23 miles from the Wicklow coastline.
The damage meant the crew couldn’t use the sails and, to compound their dilemma, they were also low on fuel and would not have been able to reach Wicklow Harbour under their own power.
The skipper contacted the Coast Guard for assistance and the Wicklow all-weather lifeboat launched shortly before 6 p.m.
The RNLI crew, under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh, reached the stricken vessel at 7.20 p.m.. At the time, there was a force five wind, westerly in direction, there was good visibility and a moderate sea state.
A towline was quickly rigged to the yacht and the lifeboat crew began a three-hour tow back towards Wicklow harbour.
The yacht was finally brought safely alongside the south quay at Wicklow Harbour at 10.20 p.m.
The RNLI crew involved on the callout was made up of Coxswain Nick Keogh, mechanic Brendan Copeland, Ciaran Doyle, Lisa O’Leary, Terry Sillery, Paul Sillery and John Stapleton.