Dunmore East RNLI on nine-hour mission
Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched today (Tuesday June 11) to assist a 24m fishing trawler with six crew on-board. The vessel suffered a fouled propeller 40 miles South of Dunmore East.
At 8:40am the Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched on service to assist a 24m fishing trawler with a fouled propeller. The fishing vessel with six crew on-board was located 40 miles South of Dunmore East.
The volunteer crew of the Trent Class Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat ‘Elizabeth and Ronald’ spent nine hours at sea in order to complete the mission. Once on scene the lifeboat crew established a tow with the stricken vessel and the vessel was then towed to the safety of Dunmore East harbour, 40 miles away, at 5:50pm.
Roy Abrahamsson, RNLI Coxswain for Dunmore East RNLI, said: ‘It was a long day for our volunteer crew and the conditions offshore today were challenging, which highlight’s the value of the training our crews conduct on a regular basis.’
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.