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Dunmore East RNLI in early hours call out to help five fishermen on 23m trawler

Lifeboats News Release

Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched in the early hours of this morning (Thursday, 1 November) to a 23m fishing trawler that had ran aground with five people onboard.

The trawler was aground a half a mile South West of Dunmore East Harbour.

At 2.06am, the Dunmore East RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched on service to assist the fishermen.

Minutes after the launch the Trent class lifeboat Windsor Runner, arrived on scene to find the trawler high and dry on the rocky shoreline with an ebbing tide.

The five crew onboard the trawler were in no immediate danger, so it was decided to wait for the tide to rise again and then tow the vessel off the rocks.

Dunmore East’s lifeboat crew remained on scene and at 7am the trawler with five crew onboard was successfully towed off the rocks undamaged and was able to make its way, under power, to Dunmore East Harbour. Escorted by Dunmore East RNLI’s lifeboat, they made the safety of the harbour at 7.20am.

Dunmore East RNLI Coxswain Michael Griffin said: ‘The conditions on scene were good at the time and thankfully the trawler didn’t sustain any major damage. Credit to our volunteer crew who worked tirelessly during the early hours of this morning to ensure the success of the mission.’

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