Skerries RNLI tow razor fishing boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI towed a razor fishing boat with two men on board to safety last night (05 September) after their vessel had struck rocks off Red Island in Skerries and damaged the steering.

Skerries RNLI Launching their Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI Launching their Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat

Just after 10pm last night (05 September), Skerries RNLI volunteers were in the process of washing down the lifeboat having completed a successful evenings training when they were informed that a razor fishing boat appeared to have run aground on rocks near the back of the lifeboat station.

Contact was made with vessel who confirmed that they were stuck fast but were not taking on water. They also informed the crew that there was two men on board and they were unharmed. As the tide was falling, the crew decided to wait until the tide turned before launching the lifeboat to assist the vessel.

Shortly after 11.30pm the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched and a line was attached to the stricken vessel. As she floated on the rising tide she was pulled clear of the rocks. There was still no sign of water ingress, however it was discovered that there was a problem with the steering. A full tow was established and the boat was brought safely into Skerries harbour.

Conditions at the time were calm with a force 3 south westerly wind.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘Thankfully there was a good outcome and everyone was brought home safely. Our volunteers are ready to respond 24/7 and they did a fantastic job in very dark conditions’

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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or

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