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Enniskillen RNLI assists three people onboard vessel with engine issues

Lifeboats News Release

Enniskillen RNLI launched this afternoon (Saturday 9 June) at 12.26pm alongside the station's Rescue Water Craft following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a 23ft Bayliner that has lost engine power at the entrance into the River Erne which leads to Belleek.

RNLI/Stevie Ingram

Enniskillen RNLI crew approaching the casualty vessel

Weather at the time was warm with good visibility and slight winds.

The charity’s inshore lifeboat Joseph and Mary Hiley and rescue watercraft arrived at the casualty vessel which had three people onboard, all of whom were safe and well.

The volunteer crew set up a tow to the lifeboat and towed the vessel to Aughinver.

Speaking following the call out Aidy Kelly, Enniskillen RNLI Helm said: ‘It was a very successful recovery with our crew using the benefits of their winter training to recover the vessel and all onboard safely to Aughinver’.

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