Courtmacsherry RNLI rescues 70ft fishing vessel 10 miles off Old Head of Kinsale
Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was called out at 11.30am this morning (Wednesday 17 May) to go to the aid of a 70ft fishing vessel that sought assistance 10 miles south east of the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork.
The Courtmacsherry lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O'Farrell and a crew of six launched immediately and reached the stricken casualty at 12.15pm. The fishing boat, with four people on board had encountered difficulties with its power and other mechanical failure while trawling in the area and required help.
On scene, the volunteer lifeboat crew assessed the difficulties and took the fishing vessel in tow. Both boats arrived back into Kinsale port at 4pm. With the boat now in the safe surrounds of the Kinsale berthing facilities, the lifeboat has returned to base in Courtmacsherry.
Conditions at sea today were reasonable with winds in the area blowing force 3/4 but rising from early afternoon.
The crew on board today's call out were Coxswain Sean O'Farrell and crew members Stewart Russell (mechanic), Pat Lawton, Conor Dullea and Dara Gannon.
Dermot O'Mahony, Courtmacsherry RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: 'We are so pleased that our lifeboat was again fast away today with our ever ready volunteers always available and that the rescue was carried out with skill and precision.'
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