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Courtmacsherry Harbour RNLI in 9 hour Callout to a Yacht in trouble 40 miles off Seven Heads in West Cork

Posted on June 23, 2018 at 7:50 PM

Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 5.20 pm on evening Friday (22 June) to go to the aid of a solo sailor in a 31 ft Yacht that had got into difficulties 40 miles off the Seven Heads in West Cork.

Courtmacsherry Harbour All Weather the Lifeboat arrives back Courtmacsherry Harbour with stricken vessel in tow. Photo: RNLI/Courtmacsherry Harbour.

The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Kevin Young plus a crew of five launched the All Weather Trent class Lifeboat immediately and proceeded at full speed to the distress area.

The yacht was on its voyage from The Azores when it developed mechanical difficulties and sought help.

Arriving at the scene at 7.30pm, the Lifeboat succeeded in taking the stricken vessel in tow and commenced its long and slow journey back to Courtmacsherry Harbour.

The Lifeboat has now arrived safely back into Courtmacsherry Harbour at 2.15 am with the causality in tow and both have berthed at the Pier Pontoon. The Lone skipper of the offshore yacht "Quadrille" was glad to be in the safe surrounds of Courtmacsherry tonight after spending 10 days at sea on his voyage from the Azores off North Africa to Milfordhavsn in Wales. The Skipper Rees Hopkins from Cardiff has been on a singlehanded round the world sailing trip for the past 11 months and he lost power with mechanical failure three days ago. By accident tonight he has landed in his 17th Country and mighty happy to do so. He was completely knocked down in the Atlantic Ocean on the way from the Carribean a few months ago and is looking forward to a few quieter and restful days in Courtmacsherry.

The voluntary Crew of the Lifeboat on this callout were Coxswain Kevin Young, Mechanic Pat Lawton and crew members Dara Gannon, Ciaran Hurley, Austin McKenna and Evin O Sullivan.

Lifeboat Station Voluntary Operations Manager Brian O Dwyer commented " We are full of praise for the fast response of this evenings voluntary crew and in carrying out the rescue with skill and precision over a 9 hour period"

The local link with the Gaa was evident in tonight's crew with noted Gaa Referee Pat Lawton plus Gaa club players Ciaran Hurley and Evin O Sullivan on board. Ciaran was just setting off to go to Schull to play a football match when the bleepers went off and instead of traveling 40 miles on the western roads, he ventured 40 miles out to sea in a similar direction. Pat was on his way to referee an under 12 match in the local pitch when his bleeper went off. This year the RNLI and the GAA have forged links in the Respect the Water Campaign to help prevent drownings at sea.

The Lifeboat was refuelled and is back at its mooring in readiness of whenever the next callout comes.

It's Open Day at the Station on this coming Sunday June 24th from 2 to 5.30pm and please come along and take a tour of the Lifeboat at the Pier Pontoon and sample how the Lifeboat Station works. Many more essential rescue services such as the Coastguard, the Civil Defence, the Gardai, the West Cork Underwater Rescue Services and the Navy will be open to the Public at the Pier.

Categories: RNLI News