Bundoran RNLI assist in recovery of sunken boat.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI was requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard on Tuesday afternoon to reports of a 19ft vessel that had sunk off Killybegs.

The Bundoran Lifeboat - William Henry Liddington at sea

Liam Bromley

The Bundoran Lifeboat - William Henry Liddington

The Sligo based Rescue 118 helicopter was also tasked as was the Killybegs Coast Guard RIB with any other vessels in the area also requested to help.

The lifeboat, with 4 volunteer crew on board, made its way across Donegal Bay to the scene where 2 people who had been on board had already made their way to safety and were treated by an ambulance at the Killybegs slipway.

The Bundoran lifeboat then assisted the Killybegs Coast Guard boat in securing the vessel.

On arrival back at the lifeboat station, helm of the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat Rory O’Connor said ‘thanks to quick actions of all involved, this was another successful outcome and the two people will get to spend Christmas with their loved ones. It’s another example of inter-agency cooperation and we were glad to be able to assist our Irish Coast Guard colleagues.’

The volunteer crew of the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat and lifeboat crews all around the country will be on call right throughout the Christmas period, including Christmas Day, should their services be required. Donations can be made to the charity at www.rnli.org/xmas

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For more information please contact Shane Smyth, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Bundoran on 087 6611022 or shane_smyth@rnli.org.uk, Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Media Manager on 087 1254 124 email: Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer Irelandon 087 6483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk

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