VIDEO: Remembering the 1979 Fastnet Race Disaster

August 1st, 2019 10:23 AM

By Southern Star Team

Nineteen lives were lost during the 1979 Fastnet Race

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The 1979 Fastnet Race will forever be remembered for the nineteen lives that were lost following a severe summer storm

The Rolex Fastnet Race gets underway this weekend marking 40 years since 19 people lost their lives during the same event.

Kieran Cotter, coxswain of Baltimore RNLI, was part of the rescue effort in 1979 and he spoke to Jackie Keogh about his memories from back then, the challenges facing this year's competitors and the dangers of the sea.

Video by Jackie Keogh

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