Two call outs in 24 hours for Skerries RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI launched this afternoon (12 October) for the second time in less than 24 hours.

Shortly after 12pm this afternoon after Dublin Coast Guard received information that a rigid inflatable with one person on board had suffered engine failure north of the harbour at Lambay island. Skerries RNLI were tasked and the lifeboat was launched with volunteer Eoin Grimes at the Helm and crewed by Joe May, David Knight and Jack Keane.

Arriving at Lambay the lifeboat crew spotted the vessel who had put out an anchor. A tow was established and the boat was towed safely to port.

Less than 24 hours earlier,shortly before 9pm on Wednesday (11 October) evening, The lifeboat escorted a razor fishing vessel into Skerries harbour. The vessel had contacted Dublin Coast Guard for clarification on a navigational issue while approaching Skerries for an unscheduled stop. They were also having some slight mechanical problems with their steering. Dublin Coast Guard decided, as a precaution to request the lifeboat to escort the vessel to shore.

On that occasion Joe May was on the Helm, and the crew consisted of Conor Walsh, Jack Keane and JP Tanner.

Speaking about the call out, Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘Both these call outs were to experienced sea goers who were just unlucky. Things can go wrong at sea no matter how prepared you are. Our volunteer crew are ready to respond 24/7 and it’s great to see some of our new volunteers gaining invaluable experience.’

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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning Skerries RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer on 087 988 4965 email gerryjcanning@gmail.com or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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Skerries RNLI Towing Rigid Infalatable Boat

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