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Skerries RNLI assist two men aboard broken down fishing trawler

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI launched yesterday evening (30 May) after the Coast Guard received reports of a distress flare fired from a trawler near Balbriggan

Skerries RNLI coming alongside the disabled fishing trawler.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI coming alongside the disabled fishing trawler.

Shortly after 5pm yesterday evening Dublin Coast Guard received reports that a distress flare had been fired from a fishing trawler near Balbriggan. Skerries RNLI were tasked and the lifeboat was launched with volunteer David Knight at the Helm and crewed by Stephen Crowley, AJ Hughes and JP Tanner.

The lifeboat proceeded towards Balbriggan harbour where they soon spotted a fishing trawler with another fishing vessel alongside and went to investigate. The fishing trawler had suffered a serious electrical problem and lost all power. They had lowered an anchor and fired a flare to signal that they required help. The second vishing vessel had responded to the distress call and come to their assistance.

The low tide would have made entrance to Balbriggan harbour difficult, so the fishing trawler was taken under tow by the lifeboat and brought to the safety of Skerries harbour.

Speaking about the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘It doesn’t matter how prepared you are, things can go wrong at sea. Thankfully they were carrying flares and didn’t hesitate to use them to raise the alarm. We’d also like to say well done to the other vessel that responded immediately to the call for help’

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