Man rescued from sinking yacht off the south coast

The James Joyce responded to the call

Man rescued from sinking yacht off the south coast

Image: Flickr/Irish Defence Forces

One person has been rescued from a sinking yacht off the south coast.

The boat was taking on water 16 nautical miles south-east of Roches Point in difficult sea conditions on Thursday evening.

The LÉ James Joyce, while on a security and defence patrol, responded to a request from Mine Head Coast Guard Station at 4.20pm.

Image: Flickr/Irish Defence Forces

Once on scene, the James Joyce located a yacht and launched a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB).

The man was taken on-board and subsequently winched to Coast Guard Rescue 117.

Image: Flickr/Irish Defence Forces

The operation was complete at 6.30pm and LÉ James Joyce resumed its patrol.

The Coast Guard operations manager, Gerard O'Flynn, says the man appears to be "in good spirits".