Arranmore RNLI launched to boat on rocks
Arranmore RNLI was launched at the request of Malin Head Coast Guard to reports of an epirb (Emergency position-indicating radiobeacon) activation at Teelin on the north west coast of Donegal.
The Lifeboat was launched at 8 50pm last night, Wednesday 26th to reports of a boat on the rocks. On arrival at the scene the Coast Guard helicopter R118, Killybegs Coast Guard boat and local boats were searching the area. The unmanned boat was discovered on the rocks and the lifeboat crew assisted in the search for the fisherman who had earlier gone out in his boat.
At 11.16pm a local boat discovered a person in the water who was brought ashore by the Killybegs Coast Guard boat. The man was transferred to Letterkenny University Hospital and was later pronounced deceased.
Arranmore RNLI coxswain Jimmy Early said “On behalf of the crew of the Lifeboat I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and the extended community of Teelin.”
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.