Clifden RNLI rescue six people after boat breaks downs off Connemara coast

Lifeboats News Release

Clifden RNLI rescued six people on Sunday afternoon after their boat broke down in the Killary harbour area of Connemara.

Nicholas Leach

Clifden RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched shortly before 1pm on Sunday (8 October) following a request from the Irish Coast Guard. The alarm was raised by those onboard the boat after they got into difficulty while on a fishing trip in the Killary harbour area.

The location of the craft was unclear in the early stages as Clifden’s inshore D class lifeboat was driven by road to Renvyle by driver Neil Gallery and launched at Lettergesh Beach while the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched in Clifden and proceeded from there.

The D Class lifeboat crewed by Alan Pryce, Kenneth Flaherty and Kieran Folan swiftly located the boat and six passengers near Frehill island.

They were out for a fishing trip when their engine failed. The Atlantic 85 lifeboat crewed by Joe Acton, Owen Hayes and Alvin Bell arrived soon after when the D Class already had the boat under tow.

Four of the six passengers were transferred to the Atlantic 85 lifeboat Joyce King and returned to shore at Rossroe where they had departed from. The other two people remained onboard their own boat which was towed back to shore by the D Class Granuaile.

Clifden’s all-weather lifeboat Fisherman’s Friend was also launched to provide additional cover for the rescue operation but was stood down when the two inshore lifeboats had the situation under control.

Speaking following the call out, Clifden RNLI helm Alan Pryce said: ‘Luckily the weather conditions were calm at the time and due to our launch site we were able to locate the boat quickly. The area is known for its rip currents in the area and can be dangerous so we were glad to have been able to attend and assist as quickly as possible once the alarm was raised’. We remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always go prepared and respect the water.’


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