Yesterday afternoon the Courtmacsherry RNLI lifeboat was launched to go to the aid of a 40-foot sailing sloop that got into trouble eight miles off Old Kinsale in West Cork.
The rescue was coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard at the Valentia RCC (Rescue Coordination Centre). The crew of the vessel contacted the RCC and requested assistance, they then forwarded on the ‘mayday’ call to the RNLI who launched immediately.
The sailboat was on route from England to west Cork when it lost power and one of the crew became ill. The lifeboat reached the stricken vessel and the crew tugged the boat through difficult conditions to the safety of the shore at Kinsale.