Arranmore RNLI assists 15m crabbing boat with four onboard
Arranmore RNLI was called to give assistance to a 15m, 60 tonne crabbing boat which got into difficulty 35 miles north west of Arranmore on Tuesday (19 September) with four crew members on board.
The lifeboat was called out at 4pm when the trawler suffered engine failure.
Weather conditions at the time were moderate with south, south east winds, force 6-7 and 3-4 metre swell.
When the lifeboat reached the trawler, the crew secured a tow rope and the trawler was towed to the safety of Burtonport harbour.
Speaking following the call out, Arranmore RNLI Coxswain Jimmy Early said: 'This was a text book rescue with favourable weather conditions and experienced fishermen who knew exactly what action to take in an emergency, they did all the right things to effect their rescue.'
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