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Kilkeel RNLI aid one person on a 30ft fishing vessel with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Kilkeel RNLI launched at 7.15pm Tuesday 5 May 2021 to go to the aid of a 30ft fishing vessel with one person on board.

RNLI/Leslie Campbell

The fishing vessel was 12 miles east of Kilkeel harbour and in good visibility with a force 4/5 north west wind the volunteer crew arrived safely on scene. Having ascertained that the casualty was fine, and that the fishing vessel had engine failure due to a faulty fuel filter it was decided to establish a tow. A crew member was then transferred to the stricken boat to assist in attaching a tow rope.

The fishing vessel was safely towed into Kilkeel harbour and berthed at the pontoon where engineers and Kilkeel Coastguard were in attendance.

Speaking later, John Fisher, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘I thank the crew for the speed in which they responded to the call as well as their high levels of professionalism. Bringing everyone home safe is always the outcome we want. Thanks as well to Kilkeel Coastguard for their help.’


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