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Helvick Head RNLI rescue crew of fishing vessel in midnight call out

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat crew’s pagers sounded at 1.50am in the early hours of Saturday morning, (20 January).

The crew of a fishing vessel reported engine difficulty which required a tow in to Helvick Harbour.

The volunteer crew Brian O’Rourke, Joe Foley, Shane Walsh and Cathal Reilly launched the inshore lifeboat and were on board and ready for action within minutes.

The lifeboat travelled the eight miles to the vessel with ease and a tow was set up. Sea conditions were described as moderate at the time.

The vessel was towed home, docking safely at just after 5am.

Commenting on the rescue, John Condon, Helvick Head RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘It was great to see the excellent reaction to the call by all the members of the crew. Given the time at which the pagers went off it was fantastic to see the response by all – not only those who went to sea but also by the others who assisted on the shore.’

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