Enniskillen RNLI rescues two after boat fire
Enniskillen RNLI have brought two people to safety after their boat they were on showed signs of catching fire. The two people on board quickly used their fire extinguishers and phoned 999 and asked for Coastguard.
The charity’s inshore lifeboat Joseph and Mary Hiley and Rescue Watercraft were requested by Belfast Coastguard at 12.01 pm today (Wednesday 4 July) and they proceeded to the area close to Castle Cauldwell, three miles east of Belleek.
Weather at the time was warm, with calm conditions and no wind.
When the lifeboat and rescue watercraft arrived with the casualty vessel they had the company of a passing vessel. The volunteer crew checked the boat and the owners had extinguished the source of the fire and carried out necessary precautions.
The lifeboat set up a towline and brought the boat and passengers to Magho jetty where they were met by Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service personnel based in Belleek. The boat was checked over again and all were satisfied that the fire was well extinguished.
Following the call out Enniskillen RNLI Helm Adrian Kelly said: “We were happy to assist the vessel back to Magho jetty after the owner had safely deployed his fire extinguishers and prevented serious damage. It was encouraging to see that the vessel had adequate safety equipment on board.”
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, in a normal year, 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.