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Skerries RNLI assist razor fishing boat with steering problems

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI assisted a 12 metre razor fishing vessel that had developed steering problems near Loughshinny yesterday evening (November 17).

Shortly before 9pm yesterday evening one of the volunteer crew raised the alarm after receiving a phone call from a fisherman stating that they had fouled their rudder and were having problems as a result. The volunteers in Skerries RNLI launched the charities lifeboat with Conor Walsh at the helm and a crew made up of Joe May, Steven Johnson and JP Tanner.

The lifeboat located the casualty vessel with one man on board near Loughshinny harbour and towed the boat safely back into the harbour. The weather at the time was calm with a force one to two westerly wind.

Speaking about the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘It was a cold and dark night for our volunteers to be out, thankfully they were able to resolve the situation very quickly. This kind of thing can happen to anyone at any time, but the RNLI are always ready to respond to a call for help.’

Skerries RNLI Position Boat alongsiide harbour.jpg

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI Position Boat alongsiide harbour

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