Fethard RNLI brings two people to safety after boat suffers engine failure off
Volunteer lifeboat crew with Fethard RNLI was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat shortly before Midday yesterday (Thursday 10 August) following a call from a vessel with two people on board who had got into difficulty when their engine failed.
The 17ft boat had lost engine power about two miles out from Fethard Quay.
The lifeboat launched at 12.17pm and was on scene at shortly after. Weather conditions at the time were good with a North West Force 2 wind and calm seas.
Having assessed that the two people onboard were safe and well and with both wearing life jackets, the lifeboat crew proceeded to work with them to establish a tow line at the front of the boat.
The boat was successfully towed by Fethard lifeboat to Fethard Quay where it was re attached to its moorings and the two occupants were safely brought ashore.
Speaking following the callout, Hugh Burke, Fethard RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘We would remind anyone planning a trip at sea to go prepared and respect the water. Communications is vital and it is important that you always carry a means of calling or signalling for help should you get into difficulty and need to contact the emergency services. If you do find yourself in trouble or see someone else in difficulty call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
‘Mobile phones are not a reliable source of communication as signal can be weak at sea.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Damien McGarry Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Fethard RNLI Tel:085 818 8938 or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.