Date: 25 March 2013
A lone sailor contacted the emergency services in the early hours of 25 March, 38 miles east south east of Ballycotton. The 6.5 metre vessel was on passage from the UK when the yachtsman experienced difficulties and sought assistance. The Ballycotton lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, launched at 3:45am and proceeded to the vessel. Sea conditions in the area at the time were rough, with a F. 4 / 5 easterly wind blowing. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 05:25am and placed two lifeboat crew members aboard the yacht. The lone yachtsman was transferred to the lifeboat where his condition was assessed and the decision made to have him air lifted to hospital. The Waterford based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 117, was launched and rendezvoused with the RNLI lifeboat at 06:50am, approximately 25 miles off Ballycotton. The sailor was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital for treatment. The 6.5 metre yacht continued under its own sail with two volunteer lifeboat crew members on board. The yacht was escorted by the RNLI lifeboat to Ballycotton where it was safely secured alongside the pier wall.
Bláthnaid Lane Walsh
Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat station