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