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Courtmacsherry RNLI in callout to French Yacht in difficulty off Old Head

Lifeboats News Release

The Courtmacsherry RNLI All Weather Lifeboat was called out at 9.05 pm tonight to go to the aid of a 35 ft French Yacht that had got into difficulty one mile off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.

The Courtmacsherry lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O Farrell and a crew of six launched immediately and reached the stricken vessel at 9.26pm and succeeded in quickly getting a tow rope on board the casualty, which had lost power and was drifting.

With a crew of three on board, the Yacht is now under tow by the lifeboat and its estimated arrival time back to Courtmacsherry pier is approx 10.40pm. Conditions at sea tonight are moderate with slight swells.

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