Aran Islands RNLI respond to angling boat with engine difficulty
The Aran Islands volunteer lifeboat crew were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to launch their All-Weather Severn Lifeboat at 2.48pm, yesterday (Monday August 30th).
An 11.6 metre angling boat, with nine people aboard was experiencing engine problems at the back of Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands, while out on a fishing trip.
The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew and headed straight for the boat. Weather conditions at the time of launching were good, with a slight East North East breeze, calm seas and good visibility
Once on the scene, the Volunteer Lifeboat crew checked that all aboard were safe and sound, before establishing a tow line.
With the tow line safely secured, the lifeboat proceeded back towards Kilronan Harbour, where the angling boat was brought alongside the Pontoon.
Speaking after the call out Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said: 'thankfully the weather was calm and a quick response time from the volunteer crew, meant the angling boat and all aboard were brought safely ashore without delay.'
When going to sea, always wear a lifejacket, let someone know when you are due back and carry means of contacting someone ashore, in a waterproof pouch or bag.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.