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Howth RNLI Rescue Two Sailors & 48-Foot Yacht at Risk of Sinking

18th March 2019
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Howth RNLI Rescue Two Sailors & 48-Foot Yacht at Risk of Sinking

Howth RNLI launched its all-weather lifeboat this morning to reports of a sailing vessel with 2 people aboard taking on water and starting to sink 7 miles east of Howth.

The pagers sounded at 8.24am and the all weather lifeboat launched at 8.33am to reports of 48ft–ketch sailing vessel which was taking on water and in danger of sinking. The all weather lifeboat located the casualty vessel seven miles east of Howth with two people aboard.

The wind was Force 5 westerly and the sea state was a metre a half swell at the time.

Speaking following the call out, Ian Sheridan, Howth RNLI deputy Coxswain said: ‘We were delighted to be able to launch so quickly and locate the sailing yacht fast enough to be able to save the vessel from sinking and bring them back to the safety of Howth Marina.

‘We remind everyone going to sea to always respect the water and always have a means of communication aboard. The casualty vessel in this instance was able to make immediate contact as soon as they discovered a problem and we were able to act accordingly.’

Published in RNLI Lifeboats, Howth YC
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