Union Hall RNLI launched to aid a fishing vessel experiencing engine difficulty
The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat Margaret Bench of Solihull, this morning (Thursday 27th August) at 5.37am to a fishing vessel, with two people onboard, that was just west of Glandore harbour in West Cork.
The lifeboat helmed by Chris Collins with Darren Collins and Jordan Limrick onboard, launched at 5.46am and made its way to the area where the vessel was fishing.
Once on scene, the volunteer crew spoke with the two people, who were well and wearing life jackets. A lifeboat crew member went aboard as the boat was experiencing engine trouble and attached a towline. The boat was towed back to Union Hall pier and tied up. The lifeboat was back on station at 7.05am.
Speaking following the callout John Kelleher, Union Hall RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘We would remind everyone going to sea always carry a means of communication, wear a life jacket and respect the water’.
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.