Courtmacsherry RNLI rescues 40ft fishing vessel with two onboard
Courtmacsherry RNLI has rescued a 40ft fishing vessel which got into difficulty today with two people onboard.
The all-weather lifeboat was called out at 1.15pm this afternoon (Monday, 21 January) to go to the aid of a 40ft fishing vessel which had got into difficulties off the Seven Heads peninsula in West Cork and required assistance.
Under Coxswain Sean O'Farrell and a crew of six, the lifeboat was quickly away and made its way at full speed to the area of the casualty. The conditions at sea today were fresh blowing Force 6 in dirty conditions, as the cold snap of weather finally hit the South Coast.
The lifeboat reached the casualty at 1.45pm and immediately took the boat, which had two crew members, in tow. After a slow tow in lumpy conditions the lifeboat and the casualty arrived to the safe surrounds of the Courtmacsherry Pontoon at 3.15pm. This is the second call out so far of 2019 and Voluntary Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian O Dwyer praised all the crew who responded so quickly today on a cold January Monday.
The Crew on today’s call out were Coxswain Sean O Farrell, mechanic Stuart Russell and crew members Mark Gannon, Dara Gannon, Ken Cashman, Austin McKenna and Evin O Sullivan.
Brian further commented that there were four more crew that turned up quickly: 'I am really proud that 11 crew members reacted swiftly today in the help of local fishermen who required assistance at sea'.
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