Kilrush RNLI brought a yacht which was dragging its mooring off Hogg Island to safety in high winds and choppy seas, early on Saturday morning..
The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 9.40am.
Within minutes the crew had sighted the vessel which was located a short distance from Cappa Pier.
They put a crew man aboard the vessel where he started the engine and brought it to another secured mooring.
In the meantime the crew put a line on the strayed mooring line and towed it out of the way from the main shipping line.
Winds were extremely strong gusting up to force eight and it was decided in the interest of safety that the yacht be brought into Kilrush Creek Marina. The Kilrush crew man guided it securely in through the channel, into the marina.
The lifeboat then made its way back to the station at 11am.
Speaking following the call out, John Lamb, Kilrush RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager praised the crew who he said put their skills and training to good work in what was challenging weather conditions: ‘When volunteer crew members put in the time for training, their efforts pay off on call outs such as this one this morning and thankfully we were able to bring this vessel to safety’.

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Claire Gallagher is a multi-award winning journalist with more than 15 years experience in media. The Galwegan began her career in radio working in news and current affairs. Having spent a year on the dark side – political PR and Spin – she returned to journalism and has since then worked mainly in print – regional and national – while continuing to work with the broadcast media. She has been with the Clare People since its foundation in 2005. She was awarded “Young Irish Medical Journalist of the Year” in June 2008 while working with the paper. Twitter @galocon Facebook ClaireGallagherClarePeople

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