OCEAN RESCUE: Lifeboat tows 31ft Solo Yacht from 40 miles off Seven Heads

22nd June 2018, 9.40pm
By Bryan Smyth
bryan@TheCork.ie

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

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 now succeeded in taking the stricken vessel in tow and commenced its long journey back to Courtmacsherry Harbour.

The expected time of arrival back into Courtmacsherry is 1.30am tomorrow morning. Conditions at sea this evening are good with little wind.

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

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