BALTIMORE RNLI were called out earlier today to provide assistance to a yacht with two people onboard that was taking part in a race.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 11.45am, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to go to the assistance of a 7m sailing yacht with two people on board, that had got into difficulty 0.5 miles south of Sherkin.
The lifeboat crew arrived at the yacht at 11.50am. Volunteer crew member Rob O’Leary was put aboard the casualty vessel to assist in rigging a tow passed to the yacht from the lifeboat. They proceeded to Baltimore Harbour, the nearest safe and suitable port. The lifeboat crew secured the casualty vessel at the pier in Baltimore Harbour, and once they made sure that the sailors were happy the lifeboat returned to the station, arriving at 12.33pm.
Onboard were helm Pat O’Driscoll and crew members Ian Lynch, James Kitt and Rob O’Leary.
Assisting at the lifeboat station were Rianne Smith and Sean McCarthy.
Pat O’Driscoll, Baltimore RNLI volunteer helm said: ‘Please remember if you get into difficulty at sea, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’