First rescue of the year for Skerries RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI carried out their first rescue of the new year in the early hours of this morning (16 January), towing a razor fishing boat with two men on board to safety.

Shortly before midnight Dublin Coast Guard requested Skerries RNLI to launch their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat following a distress call from a razor fishing vessel that had suffered mechanical failure off Skerries.

The lifeboat was launched and the volunteer crew navigated to the GPS position provided by the vessel. A tow was established and the vessel was towed back to the safety of the harbour in Skerries.

The lifeboat returned to the station and was washed down, decontaminated and made ready for the next service.

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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or

The conditions at the time were force 6 to 7 south easterly wind with a slight to moderate chop. With heavy rain and hail falling, visibility was poor.

The call out marked the first time this year that the pagers have sounded for the volunteers of Skerries RNLI.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘Despite the additional challenges presented by Covid-19 and the lockdown, our volunteers are still ready to respond at any time. The crew did a great job tonight in very dark unpleasant, conditions”

Skerries RNLI approaching the vessel in the darkger

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI approaching the vessel in the dark

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