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Arranmore RNLI assist two people after boat breaks down off Glen Head in Donegal

Lifeboats News Release

Arranmore RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was called out to assist two people in a boat with engine failure off the coast of Glen Head in County Donegal yesterday evening(Saturday 20 May) at 8 35pm.

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The boat which had left Bunbeg and was on its way to Sligo, developed engine trouble and was taking in water and had to drop anchor off Glen Head until the volunteer lifeboat crew secured a tow rope once on scene.

The lifeboat proceeded to tow the stricken vessel to Burtonport where it was placed in dry dock for repair.

Speaking following the call out, Arranmore RNLI Coxswain Jimmy Early said the crew did the right thing calling out the lifeboat when they got into difficulty:

'As we approach the summer we would remind anyone heading to sea to always respect the water. When going out to sea for pleasure or business, make sure you have adequate fuel, that your boat is in good repair, you wear safety equipment, and have ways of contacting the emergency services. Tell someone on shore when you are going out, where you are going and your estimated time of arrival back.'

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For more information please contact Nora Flanagan, Arranmore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 8047032 or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

Nora Flanagan

Press Officer

Arranmore Lifeboat

087 8047032

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