At 21.04 last night ( Monday June 24th) Clifden RNLI’s pagers sounded to launch in response to reports of two broken down jet skis between Inishbofin and Cleggan with three people on board.
Weather conditions were favourable at the time and the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 21.12 under helm Daniel Whelan and with crew members Chris Nee, Owen Hayes and Ian Shanahan on board.
On arrival at the scene, they found that one jet ski had broken down and when the other one had attempted to tow it, the rope had become tangled in the second jet ski’s impeller, leaving both watercraft disabled. With darkness falling, the friends alerted the Coast Guard by mobile phone and once the lifeboat arrived on scene they towed them both safely back to Derryinver Pier.
Clifden RNLI Community Safety Officer Miryam Harris said after the launch ‘This launch shows the importance of carrying a means of contacting the rescue services in case of emergencies; in this case a mobile phone. With a busy summer ahead it is worth reminding all water users to wear a personal flotation device, check their equipment, always carry a means of calling for help on your person in a waterproof cover and let someone know when you expect to return’.
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.