Valentia RNLI tows fishing vessel with one onboard to safety
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.
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.'
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Michelle Curran, Valentia RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, email email@example.com 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, 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.