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Courtmacsherry RNLI rescues fishing boat with two onboard from near rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was called out at 2pm today (Saturday 18 June) to go to the aid of a 36ft fishing vessel that had got into difficulty just 300 metres off the rocks at Dunworley Point in West Cork.

The lifeboat under Second Coxswain Mark Gannon and a crew of six launched immediately and reached the red vessel at 2.28pm and succeeded in quickly getting a tow rope on board the boat, which had got into difficulty while fishing and was in danger of going on the nearby dangerous rocks.

With a crew of two on board, the vessel was immediately towed by the lifeboat and pulled away from the danger of the rocky shore.

Both vessels arrived back to the safe surround of Courtmacsherry Pier at approximately 8pm.

The fishing vessel sent out a Mayday distress call for immediate assistance just as Ireland kicked off the Euro battle with Belgium and the volunteer lifeboat crew members were quickly at the lifeboat station to put to sea.

Conditions at sea today are windy with a difficult swell. Local Angling boat the Lady Louise also assisted in the rescue.

Brian O'Dwyer, Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager praised the fast response of the  crew in this rescue and for sarcricifing the watching of the Euro match in liew of saving lives.


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For further information if required contact Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Vincent O Donovan at 086 2530637.

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