Howth RNLI rescue six crew after fishing vessel runs aground

Lifeboats News Release

Howth RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat this afternoon to rescue a fishing trawler with six people onboard after it ran aground on rocks in Balscadden Bay, Howth

Howth RNLI rescue Fishing Trawler and crew after running aground.

RNLI/Stephen Harris

The RNLI pagers sounded at 4.12pm (Thursday 7 January) to reports of a fishing trawler aground just outside Howth Harbour in Balscadden Bay. The all-weather lifeboat was launched and was on the scene in a matter of minutes.

The trawler was hard aground and listing to one side. The volunteer lifeboat crew assessed the fishing trawler and deemed it safe to put a tow line aboard. Fred Connolly, Howth RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain carefully navigated the all-weather lifeboat in the shallow water and the volunteer crew got a tow line aboard the stricken trawler.

The tide was rising and the lifeboat eased the trawler off the rocks and into deeper water. The trawler was brought back to the safety of Howth Harbour.

Speaking following the call out, Ian Malcom, Howth RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘Our volunteer lifeboat crew were pleased to be able to quickly respond and tow the fishing vessel to the safety of Howth Harbour. Our Lifeboat volunteers train regularly to prepare for situations just like this.'

The crew on the RNLI Howth Trent class all-weather lifeboat were; Fred Connolly - Coxswain, Ian Sheridan - Mechanic, Killian O’Reilly, Ian Martin, Aidan Murphy, Stephan Mullaney and Ronan Murphy.

The RNLI continues to provide an on call 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service. To ensure peoples’ own safety in or on the water please adhere to the relevant water safety guidance for your activity. More information can be found at www.rnli.org/safety


Howth RNLI rescue Fishing Trawler and crew after running aground.

RNLI/Stephen Harris

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