THE Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat was called out to rescue a 50ft yacht, with three people on board, in difficulties off the Old Head of Kinsale this morning.
The lifeboat was called into action at 7am to go to the aid of the yacht which had got into difficulties 4 miles east of the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.
In a statement the RNLI said: "The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Mark Gannon and crew of 6 were underway within minutes and in the cover of darkness, the Lifeboat proceeded at top speed to the area of the causality. The seas were blowing force 4 to 5 in freezing conditions this morning and the stricken vessel, which was on passage from Salcolme in the UK to Kinsale, had encountered heavy weather over the past 24 hours.
"They lost complete power off the Old Head of Kinsale and requested immediate assistance. The Lifeboat reached the Yacht at 7.29 am and the Lifeboat Crew assessed the situation and quickly proceeded to attach a tow line to secure the vessel.
"Two Lifeboat crew members Kevin Young and Paul McCarthy were also put on board the Yacht to help those on board and the Lifeboat then proceeded at slow speed to the safe surround of the inner Kinsale Harbour. Both vessels docked safely at the Kinsale Yacht Club Marina at 9.05am and the crew on board the Yacht were very glad to be on safe ground again after an eventful morning."
Courtmacsherry RNLI Voluntary Lifeboat Operations manager Brian O' Dwyer thanked all the Lifeboat crewmembers for their quick response from their beds early this freezing morning when the Coastguard activated the distress bleepers.
He praised the great dedication of the seven volunteer Crew Members and others who arrived, and put the interests of others as a priority in these difficult Covid times. He again reiterated that it is important to call the rescue services at 112 or 999 quickly once any incident occurs.
The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Crew involved in this morning’s callout were Coxswain Mark Gannon, Mechanic Tadgh McCarthy and crew Ken Cashman, Kevin Young, Paul McCarthy, Peter Noonan and Denis Murphy.
The Lifeboat has returned to its base in Courtmacsherry at 10am and refuelled and restocked.