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Ballycotton RNLI assist two people on fishing vessel with engine trouble

Lifeboats News Release

Ballycotton RNLI assisted two people on a fishing vessel with engine trouble four miles south east of Ballycotton Lighthouse yesterday morning.

Ballycotton RNLI Lifeboat with Ballycotton Lighthouse in the background

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Volunteer lifeboat crew from Ballycotton RNLI were requested to launch at 9am today (Tuesday 8 June) by the Irish Coast Gaurd to a report of a fishing vessel with engine trouble four miles south east of Ballycotton Lighthouse.

The all-weather Trent class lifeboat Austin Lidbury was launched shortly after in moderate conditions with southerly 3/4 force winds and light rain.

The lifeboat crew arrived to the scene where they found the fishing vessel had suffered a fouled propeller. The lifeboat crew assessed the situation and worked with the vessel's two crew members to set up a tow. Once the tow line was fixed and the two crew onboard the fishing vessel were safe, the lifeboat proceeded under a steady tow back into Ballycotton harbour.

Eolan Walsh, Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain, said: ‘The new towing equipment recently installed on the lifeboat resulted in the fishing vessel being quickly and safely secured. As a result of recent training with this equipment, the crew were able to draw on skills learned to effect a successful rescue.’

The fishing boat was brought along side and secured by 11am and the lifeboat crew members returned to washdown, refuel and make ready for the next call out.


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