Galway RNLI tows drifting vessel with three crew onboard to safety
Galway RNLI launched yesterday evening (Thursday 22 July) to assist the crew of a 20ft half decker which got into difficulty off Barna.
The pleasure/fishing vessel had left Galway Docks earlier in the evening when it experienced mechanical issues and started drifting.
The crew contacted the Irish Coast Guard who sought the assistance of Galway RNLI shortly before 7pm.
Lifeboat volunteer crew Brian Niland (Helm), Martin Oliver, Lisa McDonagh and James Rattigan located the vessel with three crew on board and safely towed it back to Galway Docks.
RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Seán Óg Leydon said: 'Thankfully they had the means to contact the Coast Guard directly to get the help they needed before the situation escalated.'
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.