RNLI Baltimore Inshore Lifeboat tows race yacht to safety

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Published on: September 11, 2010

Date: 11/09/2010

A yacht suffering equipment damage and in danger of being dismasted prompted a call for assistance to the RNLI at 13:16 on Saturday afternoon.

The Schull based 1720 sportsboat had been participating in the Irish 1720 National Championships being run out of Baltimore Sailing Club, when the forestay snapped. The boat with 5 persons onboard was in serious peril as the forestay is part of the rigging that holds the mast in place.

Weather conditions at the time were challenging in the exposed waters near the Calf Islands in West Cork with force 5-6 winds and a 1.5 metre swell. A race support boat held the stricken yacht head to wind, while the inshore lifeboat under the command of Kieran Collins made its way to the scene.

The lifeboat crew of Ronan Sheehy and Micheal Cottrell then took the 1720 under tow and returned her to the safety of Schull Harbour.

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