Castletownbere RNLI tows boat in difficulty in early hours of the morning
Castletownbere RNLI was requested to go to the aid of a 36m vessel which had experienced mechanical difficulties north of the Bull Rock off the coast of West Cork yesterday evening (16 December).
The lifeboat, under the command of Deputy Coxswain Sean Bawn O’Sullivan, was launched within minutes and located the vessel at anchor about one hour later.
The vessel, the Ocean Guardian, was on passage from Castletownbere to Burtonport when it contacted Valentia Coast Guard Radio.
With light winds and a three to four metre swell, RNLI volunteers passed a towrope to the crew onboard and the lifeboat took the vessel under tow to Castletownbere.
When off Crow Head some time later, the tow rope broke and had to be reattached. The tow was then completed without further difficulty.
The vessel was berthed alongside the pier in Castletownbere at 2.30am this morning.
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