Two men rescued from capsized yacht

Two men were rescued today after their yacht capsized 300 metres from Ballycotton Lighthouse off the Cork coast.

The Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat was launched at 4.18pm this afternoon after the alarm was raised by a local ferry and proceeded the short distance to the scene.

On arrival the lifeboat crew saw two men sitting on the upturned hull of the small capsized yacht.

They were both out of the water and not in immediate danger.

The 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.

Conditions at the time were Force 2 with a strong north westerly breeze.

Commenting on the callout 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."

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