Date: 20 October 2012
Location: 1 miles north east of Ballycotton lighthouse, East Cork
Incident: Capsized sailing dingy
A pan pan message was sent out and the Ballycotton lifeboat crew pagers were activated. The alert was for a capsized sailing dingy 1 mile north east of Ballycotton lighthouse with one person on board. The lifeboat crew assembled at the lifeboat station and the Ballycotton lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, was launched.
The lone sailor was located within minutes sitting on the hull of the upturned 14 foot dingy. He was wearing a dry suit which helped to keep him warm while he waited for help to arrive. He was taken on board the Ballycotton lifeboat. Attempts were made to right the dingy but these were unsuccessful. It was decided to take the dingy under tow into a more sheltered position in Ballycotton bay.
The Ballycotton lifeboat boarding boat joined the all weather lifeboat and a further attempt was made to right the sailing dingy, which was successful. The dingy was bailed out and towed into Ballycotton harbour where it was placed on moorings.
Bláthnaid Lane Walsh
Ballycotton lifeboat station