Man rescued off rocks

Galway RNLI Lifeboat went to the aid of a man whose sailboat narrowly missed rocks off the coast of Barna on Sunday.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public who spotted the 25 foot vessel veering dangerously towards rocks southeast of Barna Pier just before 11am on Sunday. He contacted the Irish Coastguard who sought the assistance of Galway RNLI Lifeboat.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene at 11.14 and towed the sailboat out of difficulty. There was one person on board.

Galway Lifeboat operations manager Mike Swan urged people to be aware of the dangers in the local area before taking to the water, particularly with so many people on the water in the good weather.

The lifeboat crew who attended the callout were helmsman Declan Killilea, David Oliver, David Badger, and Martin Oliver.

Conditions were flat and calm at the time of the incident.


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