Second call out in two days for Skerries RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson for the second time in two days yesterday evening (November 29) after Dublin Coast Guard received reports from a fishing vessel of a boat on fire.

Skerries RNLI Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat Louis Simson

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat Louis Simson

Shortly before 9pm a fishing vessel contacted Dublin Coast Guard and reported seeing a boat on fire, providing GPS co-ordinates for the location. The lifeboat with Emma Wilson at the Helm and crewed by Joe May, Philip Ferguson and Ian Guildea made it’s way directly to the area indicated.

Once on scene they carried out an initial search but there were no vessels in the immediate area. There was however, a marine survey vessel operating in the area with bright orange working lights. After a further search it was decided that it was a false alarm with good intent and the lifeboat was stood down.

Speaking after the call out, Gerry Canning, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ‘The crew of the fishing vessel genuinely believed that there was someone in danger and contacted Dublin Coast Guard. Our volunteers will respond to any call for help, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.’

On Sunday evening the lifeboat launched after several people dialled 999 and asked for the Coast Guard to report sighting distress flares near Balbriggan.

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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning Skerries RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer on 087 988 4965 email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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