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Castletownbere RNLI tows boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was launched this morning (Friday 1 September) to a boat which got into difficulties three miles south east of Crow Head on the Beara Peninsula.

Castletownbere RNLI tow boat to safety


Castletownbere RNLI tow boat to safety

Castletownbere RNLI was tasked by Valentia Coast Guard this morning (Friday 1 September) at 10.24am to go to the assistance a 30ft angling boat with three people onboard. The boat had issued a call for help as it had experienced mechanical failure and was adrift.

The lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Brian O’Driscoll, was launched on service within minutes and proceeded to the casualty approximately nine miles south west of Castletownbere harbour. The casualty was located in fine weather conditions at 11.07 a.m. and RNLI volunteers passed a towrope to the anglers’ onboard and the lifeboat took the vessel under tow to Castletownbere.

The vessel was berthed alongside the pier in Castletownbere at 12.37pm.


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For information contact Paul Stevens Castletownbere Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Paul Stevens tel: 086 6015110 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Media Relations tel: 087 1254 124 or email

Castletownbere RNLI tow 30ft boat to safety


Castletownbere RNLI tow 30ft boat to safety

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