Bank Holiday call out for Skerries RNLI to tow motorboat to safety
Skerries RNLI towed two men to safety yesterday afternoon (22 April) after their motorboat suffered mechanical engine failure
Shortly after 3pm on the Easter Bank Holiday, Skerries RNLI were tasked after Dublin Coast Guard received a 999 call reporting that a motorboat was having engine difficulties near Colt island off Skerries.
The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat “Louis Simson” and made their way towards the area indicated by the caller. The boat was quickly located between Colt and Shenick islands and it was discovered that they were indeed having mechanical difficulties. A tow was set up and the boat was brought safely back to the slipway in Skerries.
Conditions at the time were calm with a force 3 to 4 south easterly wind.
Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘Thankfully everyone on board was wearing lifejackets, and the alarm was raised quickly, leading to a good outcome.’
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.