Rosslare Harbour RNLI was requested by Irish Coast Guard to assist a 12 metre yacht which had lost all power due to a generator failure at 12.50am on Monday morning.

The lone yachtsman had radioed for help as the loss of power with no wind present had disabled his yacht.

The weather conditions at the time were described as very good with a north westerly wind and a slight breeze.

The 12 metre yacht had set out from Portsmouth heading for the Isle of Man. A tow was established by the volunteer lifeboat crew about 25 miles north east of Rosslare Europort off the Wexford coast.  A lengthy tow saw both arrive safely back into port shortly after 6am.

Commenting on the call out Jamie Ryan Rosslare RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘It was a long night for the lifeboat crew as they made sure the lone yachtsman was brought to safety.  He took the correct action in radioing for help and we were happy to assist him.’