Youghal RNLI crew go to the aid of two people onboard a small open boat
Returning from a training exercise this afternoon (Sunday 31 March) the inshore lifeboat, Gordon and Phil at Youghal RNLI was requested at 3.26pm to go to the aid of a 10ft open boat experiencing engine trouble just off the old Youghal bridge.
Launching within four minutes, at 3.30pm in fresh conditions, the volunteer crew
quickly reached the troubled vessel with two men wearing lifejackets, onboard. A tow line was established and the boat was safely towed back to the ferry slip in Youghal where it was handed over to the owner at 3.40pm.
Mark Nolan, Deputy Launching Authority at Youghal RNLI said: ‘The two people onboard had the good sense to anchor the boat as soon as they started to experience engine trouble. They had both a vhf radio and mobile phone with them also and so were able to call for help quickly. It is essential to carry some form of communication with you when you go out on the water. We would also like to say well done to all of our shore crew today, all of which were new recruits.’
Youghal RNLI inshore lifeboat, Gordon and Phil returning to station. Credit: Karen Desmond
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.