Three-hour tow back to har­bour for RNLI

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

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.

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