Drama at sea as Waterford lifeboat volunteers come to aid of stricken race yacht
Local lifeboat volunteers came to the rescue of six people on a vessel that lost its mast as it took part in the Fastnet Yacht Race.
At 7.26am, Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat launched on service to assist the yacht which had suffered a dismasting 36 miles South of Dunmore East. Dismasting occurs when one or more of the masts responsible for hoisting the sails that propel a vessel is broken or overturned.
On reaching the yacht, the volunteer lifeboat crew found the six yacht members to be in good spirits and did not need any medical assistance.
The yacht which was taking part in a race from Dublin around the Fastnet lighthouse was still able to make its own way slowly under power and was escorted by Dunmore East lifeboat crew to the safety of Dunmore East harbour at 2.15 pm.
Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony Kelly said: “A shout like this really highlights how dedicated our volunteers are. They gave up their Sunday morning without hesitation to spend nearly seven hours at sea, away from their families to selflessly help others. Thankfully, sea conditions were good at the time and all are now safely back onshore.”