FOUR people were rescued off the coast of west Cork last night after their yacht got into difficulty.
The four were on board the yacht near Union Hall when it suffered engine difficulties at around 9pm.
With very light winds, the crew had to raise the alarm and the Union Hall RNLI were tasked to the scene.
A spokeswoman for Union Hall RNLI said: "The volunteer lifeboat crew helmed by Chris Collins, with Cathal Deasy and Jordan Limrick were quickly underway to the yacht which was half a mile east of high island just outside Glandore harbour with four persons onboard."
She added: "A tow line was quickly established between the yacht and the inshore lifeboat Margaret Bench of Solihull, and the yacht was towed back into the pier at Union Hall. The conditions at sea were calm but with little or no wind."
The lifeboat operations manager, John Kelleher, urged people to always call for help if they see anyone in difficulty by dialling 999 or 112, and asking for the Coastguard.