A 40ft yacht collided with a 100ft Norwegian Tall Ship in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Dublin Coastguard received reports that a yacht was taking on water after the collision, and Rosslare RNLI lifeboat was launched.

The crew saw debris in the water, and noticed there was a considerable amount of damage to the yacht on the port side.

There was just one crewmember on the yacht, and fifteen aboard the tall ship. No one was injured, but damage to the yacht was extensive and she had to be towed back to Rosslare Harbour. The Tall ship made her way on to Waterford.

“The priority for the lifeboat crews was to ensure that there was no danger to anyone and that the vessel was taken back to shore as quickly as possible due to the threat of sinking,” explained Dave Maloney from Rosslare Deputy Launching Authority.