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Lone Dinghy Sailor Rescued By Dunmore East RNLI

6th June 2020
The RS skiff dinghy under tow and RNLI crewman on board The RS skiff dinghy under tow and RNLI crewman on board Photo: RNLI/Neville Murphy

Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched today (Saturday, June 6) to a report of a capsized sailing dinghy northeast of Dunmore East harbour. It was unknown at the time how many people were onboard the sailing dinghy.

Just before 5 pm, the Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched at the request of the Irish Coast Guard to a report from of a capsized dinghy to the northeast of Dunmore East harbour.

Within minutes of the launch, the Trent Class Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat ‘Elizabeth and Ronald’ arrived on scene to find one person in the water alongside the capsized sailing dinghy. The person was recovered safely from the water and assessed by the volunteer crew. One of our crew boarded the capsized sailing vessel, managed to re-right the dinghy and secure the sails. The dinghy was then taken under tow and brought to the safety of Dunmore East Harbour.

The skiff dinghy is taken in tow by the RNLI lifeboat back to Dunmore East Harbour The skiff dinghy is taken in tow by the RNLI lifeboat back to Dunmore East Harbour Photo: RNLI/Neville Murphy

Karen Harris, Deputy Launch Authority Dunmore East RNLI said: ‘We would like to thank the member of the public who made the call for help. It was a very quick response by our volunteer crew today which resulted in a positive outcome. We would like to remind people, not to go out to sea alone, always have a way of calling for help and remember to adhere to the current restrictions in place’.

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RNLI Ireland Information

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 the 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 142,200 lives.

How many RNLI stations are there in Ireland?

46 stations

The RNLI currently operates from 46 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two category types: all-weather and inshore.

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