Youghal RNLI rescue one person on fishing boat in station’s first 2018 call out
Youghal RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch today (Wednesday 10 January) at 1.02pm to reports of a fishing vessel with one onboard taking on water.
The lifeboat proceeded to the location of the fishing boat near Whiting Bay.
The sea was choppy at the time with a moderate south easterly breeze.
The lifeboat helmed by Erik Brooks and with crew members Liam Keogh, Mick Brooks and Eddie Hennessy onboard reached the vessel and quickly assessed the situation to find a good deal of water onboard. Two of the crew boarded the boat with a salvage pump and started to pump the water overboard.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter R117 from Waterford arrived on scene to give air assistance and stayed in the area until the vessel was returned safely.
When the water was under control the lifeboat escorted the vessel back to Buttimers Quay and handed her over to Youghal Coast Guard.
Speaking following the call out, Youghal RNLI Helm Erik Brooks said: ‘The skipper did the right thing by calling for help quickly today and we were delighted to bring the fisherman and boat to safety. We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always respect the water. Always carry a means of communication with you when you are on the water and remember to let someone ashore know when you leave and when you are due back.’
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