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Kilkeel RNLI aid two fishermen on stranded fishing boat on Carlingford Lough

Lifeboats News Release

Kilkeel RNLI came to the aid of two fishermen stranded in Carlingford Lough on Saturday (22 May) when a rope became entangled in the propeller of their fishing boat.

RNLI/Leslie Campbell

In good conditions, Kilkeel RNLI's volunteer crew launched their lifeboat to aid two fishermen on a 25ft fishing boat out of Carlingford. The fishermen were lifting creels just off Cranfield Point, Carlingford Lough, when the boat’s propeller became fouled by a rope and was unable to move.
Unable to release the rope they requested help.
Arriving at the fishing boat, the crew having asked if the men were fine went about the task of freeing the rope from the propeller.
Two of the crew entered the water and successfully cut the rope away and checking that all was alright, the lifeboat crew then proceeded back to the lifeboat station.
Speaking afterwards, Kilkeel RNLI Helm Gerry Smyth said: 'The two fishermen could have drifted into the shipping channel so they made the correct call by contacting the Coast Guard on 999 or 112 and seeking assistance. We were pleased to help and have a successful outcome.’


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