The Achill Island Lifeboat crew had a busy Bank Holiday weekend.

On Saturday evening,a yacht and its crew got into difficulties off the Mayo coastline.

At about 6pm, the yacht was reported as having problems near Davillaun island and the Achill Island and Clifden Lifeboats were tasked by the Irish Coastguard.

However, a passing boat was able to render assistance and both Lifeboats were stood down and returned to their stations.

Then yesterday (Bank Holiday Monday), just after 6pm, the Achill Island Lifeboat crew pagers were again activated and the lifeboat put to sea. This time the call was much nearer to home.

A French yacht, the ‘Rara Avis’, a thirty three metre, 3 mast schooner attempted to transverse Achill Sound before turning about again for Clew Bay. However as she cleared Achill Beg a crew person dislocated her knee and the alert for assistance was raised.

The Lifeboat crew quickly responded and using both the Lifeboat itself and the new twin engined boarding boat, went on board the yacht and provided first aid treatment to the casualty before taking her ashore to Cé Bheag and a waiting ambulance.



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