After an extraordinary incident in which the same vessel had to be rescued twice in two days, Irish politicians are contemplating measures to penalize boaters for going to sea during heavy weather warnings.
On Monday, the Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat and her crew of seven volunteers had to launch twice into “ferocious seas with wind speed in excess of 70 knots” to rescue a yacht crew in distress. The conditions were extremely challenging, with swells to 20 feet, but the team managed to secure a tow line to the yacht and brought it safely back into Rosslare Harbour.
“When the lifeboat crew reached them they were side on to the weather, taking a ferocious pounding and in danger of getting overwhelmed. I think if another hour had passed this story may not have had such a successful outcome,” said Dave Maloney, Rosslare RNLI lifeboat operations manager.
On Tuesday afternoon, another RNLI lifeboat had to deploy to rescue the same yacht after its crew issued another distress call. The lifeboat put one of its volunteer crewmembers aboard the yacht to assist with the tow back to the port of Arklow.