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Two men rescued from stricken yacht

The RNLI rescued the men by towing their boat back to Rosslare Harbour in the early hours of this morning.

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TWO MEN WERE rescued after they got into difficulty while in a yacht near Tuskar Rock this morning.

The men had been on the way to Dun Laoghaire when they found themselves in difficulty. At 3.40am the RNLI received the request to launch the all-weather boat, which said that the 8m motor yacht was in trouble two miles north of Tuskar Rock.

Dave Maloney, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said:

The request for help early this morning required our volunteer crew to leave their beds which they will always willing and selflessly do to help anyone in need. It is thanks to their dedication and commitment that we can launch the lifeboat at all times.

The seven-strong lifeboat crew, who were under coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke, were on the scene at 4.25am. They assessed the situation and established a tow line to the stricken boat.

Luckily, the weather at the time was good, with a force two to three wind, so the rescue was not hampered by bad weather. “Thankfully, the crew on the stricken yacht were not in any immediate danger and we were happy to tow the yacht safely back to shore,” said Maloney.

The lifeboat then towed the vessel back to Rosslare Harbour RNLI, where it returned at 7.30am.

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