Clogherhead and Skerries RNLI assist man after 10m fishing boat breaks down
Clogherhead and Skerries RNLI rescued a man whose boat got into difficulty north of Dublin Bay yesterday afternoon (Thursday 1 February).
The volunteer crews were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat from Clogherhead and their inshore lifeboat from Skerries at approximately 1pm. It followed a request from the Irish Coast Guard to go to the assistance of the skipper of a 10m fishing vessel which had got into difficulty four and a half miles north east of Skerries.
The vessel had lost engine power while on passage from Kilmore Quay to the Shetland Islands.
Skerries RNLI was first on the scene and after assessing that no one was in immediate danger, they worked with the skipper to take the fishing boat under tow.
With winds from the north west gusting up to 30 knots at the time and seas 3m high, a decision was made due to the weather conditions to transfer the tow line to the Clogherhead all-weather lifeboat. The boat was successfully towed into Skerries Harbour and tied up at 2pm.
Speaking following the call out, Gerry Kelly, Clogherhead RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Today’s call out was a fine example of RNLI volunteers from neighbouring stations working well together to help bring someone to safety. We would remind anyone going to sea, regardless of their activity, to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Gerry Kelly, Clogherhead RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0872391083 or Gerry Canning, Skerries RLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0879884965. Or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.