Dun Laoghaire RNLI launch to assist speedboat with four people onboard

Lifeboats News Release

Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a request to launch from the Irish Coast Guard today (Thursday 28 May), to a vessel believed to be sinking in Dublin Bay with four people on board.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat

RNLI/Liam Mullan

Dun Laoghaire RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat

The volunteer crew launched the station's inshore lifeboat 'Realt Na Mara' at 4.12pm and arrived on scene five minutes later. The vessel was not taking on water but had mechanical issues and was towed by the lifeboat to the safety of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. All onboard were well and needed no further assistance

Conditions at the time of the incident were good with a brisk wind and good visibility.

Edward Totterdell, Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s deputy launching authority said: ‘It has been a busy week for our station and volunteer crew having responded to four call outs from the Irish Coast Guard so far.

'It is important to highlight the RNLI and Irish Coast Guards message this week asking people to take extra care when using the sea’

‘Dun Laoghaire RNLI remains on call and is fully operational during the coronavirus pandemic. While there is no crew training or exercises taking place, our volunteers are here if people need us.’

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