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Fouled Yacht Propeller Results in Courtmacsherry RNLI Call Out

15th July 2018
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 The yacht was on passage from Cobh to Baltimore when the call out for assistance was raised with Valentia Radio Coastguard after her prop was fouled The yacht was on passage from Cobh to Baltimore when the call out for assistance was raised with Valentia Radio Coastguard after her prop was fouled Photo: RNLI

The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 2.20pm this afternoon to go to the aid of a 41ft–yacht that had got into difficulties and sought help just off the Seven Heads in West Cork. 

The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O'Farrell plus a crew of six launched the All Weather Trent class Lifeboat immediately and proceeded to the area of Cotton Rock where the casualty with five crew fouled its propeller off the rocky shoreline of Travera.

Arriving at the scene at 2.50pm the Lifeboat immediately secured a tow line to the stricken vessel as it was near the rocky shoreline.

Conditions at sea this afternoon were poor with a strong swell and poor visibility.

The Lifeboat brought the casualty into the safe surrounds of Courtmacsherry Harbour and is now safely berthed at the Pier Pontoon. The yacht was on passage from Cobh to Baltimore when the call out for assistance was raised with Valentia Radio Coastguard.

The Crew of the lifeboat on this callout were coxswain Sean O Farrell, mechanic Stuart Russell and crew members Mark Gannon, Micheal O Donovan, Ciaran Hurley, Paul McCarthy, and Evin O Sullivan.

Second Yacht in Difficulty

The soccer-mad Lifeboat crew returned to watch the second half of the World Cup final at 5pm but were soon interrupted again by the sound of their bleepers at 5.10pm as a 35ft Yacht got into difficulty 3 miles off The Old Head of Kinsale.

The Lifeboat was underway immediately and has now reached the lone sailor at 5.40pm. The yacht has now been taken in tow and is proceeding back to Courtmacsherry.

The Lifeboat crew on this callout are Coxswain Sean O'Farrell, Mechanic Stuart Russell and crew members Ciaran Hurley, Micheal O'Donovan, Austin McKenna, Evin O'Sullivan and Sean Maxwell.

Published in RNLI Lifeboats
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