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Aran Islands RNLI responds to a fishing vessel in difficulty with two onboard

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew members of the Aran Islands RNLI were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 4.43pm today (Thursday 8 October) by the Irish Coast Guard.

RNLI/Aran Islands

Aran Islands RNLI

A 38ft fishing vessel was in difficulty and drifting towards Eagle Rock just off Golam Head.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew and headed straight for the fishing vessel.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were moderate, with a West North West wind blowing 18 knots and a two metre sea well.

Once on scene, the volunteer crew members established that both people aboard the boat were in good health, while observing all COVID-19 safety guidelines.

A tow line was established between the lifeboat and the fishing vessel and the lifeboat then proceeded towards Rossaveal Harbour.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said:

This was a good outcome as the vessel was drifting dangerously close to Eagle Rock after losing the use of their engines. Our volunteer crew members never hesitate to get to the call as quickly as possible. If you see someone in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


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