The Clifden RNLI lifeboat came to the rescue of a yacht in difficulty off the coast of Connemara on Wednesday, towing the boat to safety.
The volunteer lifeboat crew responded to a call from the Coast Guard at approximately 3:20pm on Wednesday after reports of a yacht in difficulty somewhere between Cleggan and Inishbofin Island.
Due to poor communications with the 36ft yacht, it was decided to launch both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats from Clifden.
Weather conditions at the time were fair with a Force 3 northerly wind and a slight sea.
The inshore lifeboat helmed by Daniel Whelan arrived on scene first, some 10 miles from Clifden.
They assessed the situation and made sure everyone on the yacht was safe, before setting up a tow line.
This was passed to the all-weather lifeboat when it arrived on the scene, which then towed the yacht to safety.
“We would like to commend the sailor for raising the alarm when he got into difficulty,” said Clifden RNLI Coxswain John Mullen.
“That is always the right thing to do, and we would like to wish him a safe onward journey.”
“As the summer continues and we enjoy some good weather, we would remind everyone regardless of their activity at sea, to always respect the water.”
“Always wear a lifejacket, always have a means for calling and signalling for help and ensure everyone onboard knows how to use it.”
“Always check the weather forecast and tide times before heading out and make sure someone on the shore knows where you are going and when you are due back.”
“Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”
image credit: Clifden/RNLI