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Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat tows yacht to safety

3rd July 2009

The Baltimore inshore lifeboat 'Bessie', towed a 30ft yacht to safety from Long Island in Roaring Water Bay, West Cork, today. A mayday alert had been issued by Bantry radio at 12:26 when the vessel with one crew on board got into difficulties on the Southwest tip of the Island, near Goat Island Sound.

A passing RIB, having heard the alert on VHF radio, went the to scene and took on board the single crewman, who had abandoned the yacht and rowed in a dinghy to safety.

When the lifeboat arrived on scene the abandoned vessel had been dismasted and had experienced damage to her rudder. There had been no apparent damage to her hull.

Helm Kieran Collins and crewmen Youen Jacob and Micheal Cottrell, assessed how they could safely tow the yacht clear of the shore. In a 2.5 metre swell, they approached the stricken craft. Youen passed a towline through the pulpit and /Bessie/ took the strain towing the yacht clear of the rocks. They continued the two for 0.5 miles to open water. The lifeboat crew cut the dismasted rigging free and attached fenders to the rig, so that it could be retrieved at a later time.

The lifeboat then towed the yacht to Schull, where she was left alongside the pier. An ambulance was called for the male occupant of the yacht. Team

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