Courtmac Lifeboat to the rescue as French yacht in difficulty off Old Head

June 10th, 2016 1:03 PM

By Southern Star Team

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THE Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat was called out to a rescue off the West Cork Coast last night.

The All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 9.05pm last night to go to the aid of a 35ft French yacht that had got into difficulty one mile off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.
The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat, under coxswain Sean O’Farrell and a crew of six, launched immediately and reached the stricken vessel at 9.26pm. They succeeded in quickly getting a tow rope on board the casualty, which had lost power and was drifting.
With a crew of three on board, the yacht was taken immediately under tow by the lifeboat and arrived back safely to Courtmacsherry pier at 10.35pm.
The yacht was under passage from France when they encountered difficulties just off the Old Head of Kinsale and sent out a Mayday distress call.
Courtmacsherry RNLI Voluntary Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian O Dwyer said: ‘The quick response of the crew, with some in the Lifeboat House attending a Crew and Fundraising meeting to organise the station’s open day on Sun June 26th, was testament to their commitment to lifesaving and it was great to have the casuality in the safe surround of Courtmacsherry Pier pontoon just over 90 minutes from receiving the call-out from Valentia Coastguard.’


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