RNLI lifeboat crew rescue two people off capsized yacht

RNLI lifeboat in action
RNLI lifeboat in action

Two men have been rescued by the RNLI from the upturned hull of their small yacht off the coast of Co Cork.

The alarm was raised by a passing local ferry who saw the men in distress around 300 metres from Ballycotton Lighthouse.

A RNLI spokesman said: “Lifeboat crew for Ballycotton RNLI all weather lifeboat came alongside the two men and recovered them aboard the lifeboat.

“Their capsized yacht was towed back to Ballycotton by the lifeboat.”

Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh said; “Thanks to the vigilance of the Yassy, a local passenger ferry, the alarm was raised quickly. “With a capsize things can change from bad to worse depending on weather and the condition of the casualties.

“Thankfully both men were fine after the incident and did not need any medical assistance.”