Skerries RNLI tow yacht with two men on board to safety

Skerries RNLI tow yacht into Skerries harbour Desktop Resolution

 

Skerries RNLI towed a yacht with two men on board to safety yesterday evening (09 August) after the vessel suffered engine failure.

 

At 7.30pm Skerries RNLI were tasked by Dublin Coast Guard to assist a small yacht that had suffered engine failure near Shenick Island off the coast of Skerries. The alert had been raised by a fishing vessel in the area.

 

The lifeboat, with volunteer Philip Ferguson at the Helm and volunteers Joe May, A.J Hughes and Peter Kennedy on board, launched and proceeded to the coordinates given by the fishing vessel. Conditions at the time were very favourable with calm seas and force one to two south easterly winds. The vessel was quickly located and after checking that all on board were well and not in need of first aid, the lifeboat towed the casualty to the safety of Skerries harbour.

 

Speaking after the call out, Gerry Canning, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ’Thankfully the crew of the fishing vessel took the time to see if everything was ok. We would urge anyone going to sea to check all their equipment and carry a working VHF radio as mobile phone signals are very unreliable once you are away from the shore.’