Clifden RNLI rescued a sailor on a yacht that got into difficulty off the Connemara coast yesterday afternoon.

The Irish Coast Guard received a report shortly after 3pm that a 36ft yacht was in difficulty somewhere between Cleggan and Inishbofin Island.

The Clifden RNLI inshore lifeboat and the station's all-weather lifeboat were launched in fair weather conditions.

The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene first, about 10 miles from Clifden.

The crew checked that the one man onboard the yacht was safe and well, and a crew member stayed on the yacht to set up a tow, which was then passed from the inshore lifeboat to the all-weather lifeboat and the yacht was towed safely back to shore.

Clifden RNLI Coxswain John Mullen commended the sailor for raising the alarm when he got into difficulty and wished him a safe onward journey.

 

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