Howth RNLI Rescue 1 person from Rigid Inflatable Boat with engine trouble.

Lifeboats News Release

Howth RNLI launched their Inshore Lifeboat Tuesday 12th May 2020 to reports of one person stranded in a rib with engine trouble while fishing just off Howth.

RNLI/Noel Davidson

The RNLI pagers sounded at 7.25pm on Tuesday 12th March after a call was placed to the coastguard reporting 1 person stranded in a rigid inflatable boat while out fishing alone in the waters just outside Howth.

Howth RNLI volunteer crew members Finn Goggin (Helm), Killian O’Reilly and Robert Kerley launched the Inshore Lifeboat within 13 minutes of getting the call and proceeded to the area and quickly located the 4.5 metre rib with one person aboard. The person had been fishing alone in the rib but his engine had failed to start and was drifting with the tide which was ebbing out to sea at the time.

The rib was taken in tow by the inshore lifeboat and the person was unharmed by the incident and returned safely to shore at Howth Lifeboat Station.

The wind was Force 2 and the sea state was very calm at the time.

Speaking following the call out, Noel Davidson, Howth RNLI Local Press Officer said: ‘Our volunteer lifeboat crew are always ready to respond to a call for help. In this case the man was fishing on his own but with engine failure, he was being pulled out to sea and could have got into serious difficulty if help had not arrived. Thankfully he was located quickly and brought to safety.’

‘We would ask that people adhere to the public health advice contained in the Government roadmap when they resume any water-based activity and help minimise the risk to Search and Rescue and frontline emergency services from being unintentionally exposed to Coronavirus’

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