Castletownbere RNLI launch to assist fishing vessel in difficulties
Lifeboat crew at Castletownbere RNLI were launched yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 04.09.19) at to assist a 24 metre fishing vessel which had lost all power four miles west of the Bull Rock in West Cork.
The lifeboat was tasked by Valentia Coastguard Radio shortly after 1.00pm and was launched immediately under the command of coxswain Dean Hegarty. The 24 metre fishing boat, with five people aboard, had lost all power and requested assistance. The lifeboat located the stricken vessel at 2.20pm four miles west of the Bull Rock in a 5 metre swell and NW Force 7/8 winds. Once on scene the lifeboat crew quickly took the vessel under tow and started a slow passage back to Castletownbere. The fishing vessel was berthed safely at the pier at 8.45pm.
Commenting on callout Castletownbere RNLI Deputy Launching Authority, Fekix O’Donoghue said, ‘While the vessel was not initially in any immediate danger, conditions onscene were challenging and the vessel was drifting without power. The boat made the right decision to seek assistance and the result was positive.
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