Fethard RNLI rescued two people after their yacht ran aground off the Wexford coast yesterday evening.
The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat shortly after 5 pm following a report from the Irish Coast Guard that a vessel with two people on board had got into difficulty.
The 27ft yacht had run aground on a mudbank in Duncannon Harbour.
The lifeboat launched at 5.27pm and was on scene at 5.30pm. Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was also launched.
Weather conditions at the time were good with a south west Force 5 wind and moderate seas.
Having assessed that the two people on board were safe and well, the lifeboat crew proceeded to work with them to establish a tow line at the back of the yacht. However, this set up proved challenging and it was decided to tow the vessel from the front.
The yacht was successfully refloated by Fethard’s lifeboat while Dunmore East’s all-weather lifeboat stood by in the event more power was required.
The yacht then safely continued on her own to Dunmore East.
Speaking following the call out, Hugh Burke, Fethard RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘As we continue to enjoy the summer, we would remind anyone planning a trip at sea to go prepared and respect the water. Communications is vital and it is important that you always carry a means of calling or signalling for help should you get into difficulty and need to contact the emergency services. If you do find yourself in trouble or see someone else in difficulty call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’