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Valentia RNLI assist 3 people onboard a fishing vessel with mechanical failure

Lifeboats News Release

Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat (Saturday 12 August) to assist three people onboard a fishing vessel with mechanical failure.

Valentia RNLI all weather lifeboat


Valentia RNLI all weather lifeboat

At 9.23am Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to assist a fishing vessel one mile South of Lemon Rock, near Skellig Michael, Co.Kerry. Weather conditions at the time were described as fresh with a north westerly wind, force 5.

Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew were informed the fishing vessel was unable to return to harbour due to mechanical failure. The lifeboat crew checked that the three crew onboard the fishing vessel were safe and well. They set up a tow and brought the fishing vessel safely back into Portmagee harbour.

Speaking following the call out, Valentia RNLI lifeboat crewmember Con O’Shea said: ‘The fishermen did the right thing calling for assistance. We urge anyone taking to the sea to always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help.


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