Youghal RNLI called to help two people on board fishing boat.

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat and her volunteer crew, helmed by Liam Keogh, responded to their pagers today (Sunday 14 June). The alarm was raised by two people on-board a fishing vessel with steering failure.

RNLI/Karen Walsh

The lifeboat launched at 12.57 pm to the 20ft fishing vessel, 2 km south east of Youghal harbour near the black ball buoy, in fairly calm sea conditions.

Once the lifeboat located the fishing boat, one crew member boarded the fishing vessel, following all Covid 19 guidelines and procedures. The RNLI crew worked quickly to establish a tow.

The fishing vessel was then safely towed back to its mooring in Ferrypoint and the lifeboat returned to the station at 13.39 pm.

Speaking after the call out Lou Stepney, Youghal RNLI Volunteer Press Officer said: '’Mechanical failure is one of the main reasons for RNLI callouts. Situations can change very quickly at sea. We advise anyone out on the water to be prepared for an emergency by always wearing a life jacket, checking your equipment before you set off and always to carry a means of calling for help, call 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard’.

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Notes to editors

Photo Credit: Karen Walsh, Youghal RNLI Volunteer Crew member.

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