Clifden RNLI Tow Fishing Boat to Safety
Clifden RNLI’s all weather lifeboat launched to go to the aid of a 30 foot fishing vessel with propellor damage at lunchtime today ( Wednesday June 19th)
Clifden RNLI’s all weather lifeboat launched to go to the aid of a 30 foot fishing vessel with propellor damage at lunchtime today ( Wednesday June 19th).
The boat was located between High Island and Cruagh Island at the time of the incident with a single fisherman on board. It was taken under tow by Clifden’s all weather lifeboat Mersey Class 12-33 Fisherman’s Friend and returned safely to shore.
The Clifden RNLI lifeboat was launched in a westerly force 3-4 wind under relief coxswain Carl Perrin from Ilfracombe RNLI who is providing cover to the area while Clifden RNLI’s coxswains are receiving updated training.
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.