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Castletownbere RNLI rescues yacht snagged in lobster pots near Dursey  

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 12:17pm

Story by Siobhan Cronin
Castletownbere RNLI rescues yacht snagged in lobster pots near Dursey  

The yacht's propeller had got snagged in lobster pots

Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was tasked this morning (Wednesday) at 5.22am by the Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of a 32-ft Belfast-registered yacht which had its propeller snagged in lobster pots near Dursey island.  

The lifeboat Annette Hutton, under command of coxswain Dave Fenton, was launched within minutes. Forty minutes later, the yacht, with five people on board, was located in a 1m swell and Force 4 south-westerly winds near Dursey.  

Lifeboat crew were able to successfully release the disabled yacht which is currently heading for Castletownbere.

Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat operations manager Paul Stevens said: ‘This was a straightforward rescue. The crew of the yacht were prudent to call the emergency services when they did. With worsening weather conditions later today, had they not made the call, the outcome could have been very different’.