Saturday 22 September 2012 - Naval Service Vessel LE Niamh Called to Assist Yacht on Fire .

The Naval Service Vessel LE Niamh has responded to a distress call from a motor yacht on fire approximately two miles off the old Head of Kinsale shortly after 2pm.

The sole crew member of the motor yacht had abandoned ship and was recovered by a nearby pleasure craft.

He has been medically assessed by Naval Medics on board the pleasure craft but his condition is not thought to be serious. The LE Niamh arrived on scene within 15 minutes of the distress call and her crew are currently preparing to commence fire fighting operations. It is expected he will be transferred to Kinsale by the Naval rigid inflatable boat (RIB) shortly. The LE Niamh had been on routine patrol in the area at the time.

The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat is thought to have launched and is expected on scene shortly. Other rescue assets have been placed on stand by but the scene is now assessed as stable.

All members of a Naval Service Crew are trained in maritime fire fighting operations and techniques. Fire fighting at sea is considered particulary challenging due to the environment and potential hazards on board vessels.

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Press Release Date: Saturday 22 September 2012

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