Union Hall RNLI assists racing yacht in difficulty

Union Hall RNLI were requested tonight ( Tuesday 20 June) by Valentia Coast Guard at 8.32pm to provide assistance to a 6.5m yacht with two people onboard, seven and half miles south of Adam Island at the entrance to Glandore harbour.

The Union Hall inshore lifeboat Margaret Bench of Solihull launched at 8.39pm and headed to the yacht, where sea conditions were calm but the yacht had encountered a squall, which resulted in the loss of a sail and instruments. The volunteer crew at Union Hall RNLI made contact with the two people onboard, ensured there was no injuries, attached a tow line and towed the yacht back to the safety of Union Hall Pier.

Speaking after the callout, John Kelleher Union Hall RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘The crew of the yacht made the right decision to contact the Coast Guard sooner rather than later. Always carry a means of communication, be it VHF or mobile phone. It is very important, especially at nighttime”.