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Valentia RNLI tows fishing vessel with one onboard to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat on Tuesday, 5 June, to a 23ft fishing vessel with one person onboard, which had suffered a fouled propeller.

RNLI/Michelle Curran

Valentia RNLI

At 12.45pm, Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI's all-weather lifeboat to launch to assist a fishing vessel with a rope tangled in its propeller near Cromwell Point Lighthouse, Valentia.

Weather conditions at the time were a westerly wind force 2. The lifeboat crew proceeded to the location of the fishing vessel. Once on scene a tow was set up by the crew and the fishing vessel was towed safety back into Valentia Marina.

Speaking following the call out, Michelle Curran Valentia RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘It is important to ensure while out at sea to carry a means of calling for help and know how to use it. If you get into difficulty at sea, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


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For more information please contact Michelle Curran, Valentia RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, email or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or

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