Castletownbere RNLI launch to fishing vessel requiring assistance with 3 onboard
Volunteer lifeboat crew at Castletownbere RNLI were requested yesterday afternoon (Saturday 2 January) at 3.30pm to assist a 11m fishing boat which had lost power 18 miles south west of Castletownbere Harbour in West Cork. There were three onboard.
The lifeboat, under coxswain Aaron O’Boyle was launched within minutes and located the stricken vessel 51 minutes later.
The Castletownbere-based fishing boat had three people on board none of whom required medical attention. On scene, there was a 3m swell and force 5/6 north-westerly winds. The volunteer lifeboat crew attached a tow rope and proceeded to tow the vessel to Castletownbere harbour where it was berthed at the pier at just before 8pm.
Commenting on the call out Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Stevens said: ‘This was the first shout for the station in 2021 and the first call out with Coxswain O’Boyle in command. He and the volunteer crew undertook the rescue with great skill and efficiency and there was a positive outcome.'
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.