Sligo Bay RNLI rescues eight people after boat capsizes off Aughris Pier
Sligo Bay RNLI lifeboat was tasked this morning at 11.25am by the Coast Guard following a mayday call at 11.24am to a dive boat off Aughris Pier.
The vessel had capsized with all eight people onboard. Volunteer lifeboat crew with Sligo Bay RNLI had just launched on exercise when they were diverted to the incident and arrived on scene at 11.43am.m The lifeboat crew rescued all eight people from the water and one man was airlifted to hospital by the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118.
The remaining seven men were taken to Aughris Pier where one person was taken by ambulance to hospital. Following the rescue the lifeboat crew returned to the scene to tow the vessel back to the pier.
Commenting on the callout Sligo Bay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Willie Murphy said, ‘In what has been a difficult week with the loss of Rescue 116 and the ongoing search for her crew, this morning’s callout shows that the professionalism and dedication of the search and rescue community remains unchanged.’
‘The RNLI crew at Sligo Bay along with their colleagues at Rescue 118 were on scene minutes after the call for help was raised and rescued eight people from the water. Our thoughts are with the man who was airlifted to hospital and with our colleague still searching in Blacksod Bay for the three missing crewmember of Rescue 116.’
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