Clifden RNLI Recover Drifting RIB with two on board

Lifeboats News Release

Shortly after 4pm yesterday, Thursday August 30th, Clifden RNLI responded to reports from the Coast Guard of a rigid inflatable boat drifting and in danger in Ballinakill Bay between Letterfrack and Renvyle

Thomas O' Sullivan

Clifden RNLI's in-shore D Class lifeboat Celia Mary
The inshore D Class lifeboat Celia Mary travelled by road and launched in Letterfrack and the station's new all weather Shannon lifeboat was also launched for the first time.
The Celia Mary was first on the scene and found two people on a 5.5 metre RIB which had experienced engine failure and it was very close to the rocky shore. The weather conditions were force 6 and worsening at the time. Helm Thomas Davis boarded the boat and after consulting with the people on board, the boat was taken back to shore under tow by volunteer crew members Kenny Flaherty, Ashling Sweeney and Owen Hayes and the pair were dropped safely back to shore.
After the launch, Thomas said 'We were glad to be able to help these people recover their boat today. We also wish to remind all water users in Connemara to contact the Coast Guard or emergency services at the earliest opportunity when things go wrong-we would always rather launch and be stood down than risk other possible outcomes'.

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