Fethard RNLI launch to boat in difficulty off Woodstown Strand
Fethard RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tradewinds' launched this afternoon (Sunday 17 July) to a six meter RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with a fouled propeller off Woodstown Strand in Waterford.
There was six people, four male and two female, on board the RIB, all of whom were wearing lifejackets. The RIB got into difficulty when its propeller became entangled in mussel cages within the shellfish bed area off of Woodstown Strand, leaving it stranded.
Fethard lifeboat launched from Duncannon, with good weather and a south westerly wind of force 2/3 and arrived with the causalties at 4pm.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were required to take some passengers off the RIB to help propel the craft up and enable them successfully to release the propeller from the mussel cages. Once released the lifeboat towed the RIB to deep water, where they were able to restart the engine. The lifeboat then accompanied the RIB back to Dunmore East.
Speaking following the callout, Tony Molloy, Fethard RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: 'The casualties did the right thing in calling for assistance. They did not panic, stayed clam and all members were wearing lifejackets. The RNLI crew were on scene swiftly prior to high tide due at 5pm, therefore there was no imminent danger or any requirement for the casualties to abandon their RIB.'
It is important to watch out for safety markers off of our coastline, as such help notify boaters of potential hazards. In this instance they had VHF and prior to launching had determined the best course of action to take if they were to get into trouble.'
Fethard volunteer lifeboat crew on the callout were Helm Eoin Bird, crew Thomas Stafford and Cathal O Connell. The launch driver was Kevin Byrne and shore crew of Tim Bradley and Brendan O Callaghan.
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