Skerries RNLI rescue four adults on broken down power boat

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI rescued four adults on Saturday (12 June) evening after their power boat suffered mechanical failure off Portrane beach.

Skerries RNLI approaching the power boat

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI approaching the power boat

Shortly before 8pm on Saturday evening Skerries RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat “Louis Simson” having been tasked by Dublin Coast Guard to go to the aid of a power boat that suffered mechanical failure off Portrane beach.

The lifeboat proceeded to the location that had been provided to the Coast Guard and began a search of the area. They soon located a five metre power boat at anchor and confirmed that it had suffered a mechanical engine failure. All on board were well and required no medical assistance. Two of the adults were transferred on to the lifeboat before a tow was established and the casualty was brought safely into Malahide marina. They were tied up securely along the pontoon and it was confirmed that despite some of the adults being cold, no further assistance was required. The crew navigated back out of the estuary in Malahide before plotting a course and returning to the station in Skerries.

The lifeboat and station were deep cleaned, sanitised and made ready for the next call out.

Conditions at the time were calm with a force three southerly wind and good visibility.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘It’s impossible to predict when things might go wrong for you at sea. That’s why we always advise people to bring a means of contacting the shore should something go wrong.”


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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 988 4965 or email gerryjcanning@gmail.com or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Ireland Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Ireland Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk


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