Skerries RNLI tow fishing boat with fouled propeller to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI towed a fishing boat with four men on board to safety yesterday morning (Thursday 18 June) after their propeller was fouled near Skerries islands.

Skerries RNLI Towing Fishing Vessel

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI Towing Fishing Vessel

Shortly after 11am, Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI volunteers following a call from a fishing vessel which had fouled it’s propeller and was unable to return to shore under it’s own power.

At the time of launching, visibility was poor due to fog, however the stricken vessel had provided latitude and longitude for their position as well as indicating that they were between Shenick and St. Patricks islands off Skerries.

Using this information the lifeboat rounded the headland in Skerries and quickly located the fishing vessel. A tow was established and the vessel was brought safely back to harbour wall in Skerries.

There was a slight swell at the time with a force three north-easterly wind.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, sometimes things can go wrong at sea when you least expect it. That’s why our volunteers are on call 24/7. It was also great to see everyone on board the fishing boat wearing good lifejackets.’

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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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