Carrybridge RNLI assist three people on a broken down fishing boat
At 4.15pm on Tuesday 26 October, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards was launched at the request of Belfast Coastguard, to assess a fishing boat with three people on board, which had broken down approx. 1 mile north east of Knockninny.
Winds were South West, Force 4/5. Visibility was good with overcast skies and gusty conditions.
Once on scene, the lifeboat located the casualty vessel which had blown onto an exposed shoreline on an island. The volunteer Helm and crew assessed the vessel and the wellbeing of the persons on board from a close but safe distance, and found they were all ok. It was established that the casualty vessel had suffered engine failure, and due to the strong winds, had been blown onto the shoreline of the island.
After a full review of the situation, and due to the large waves landing on the island shoreline, the Helm deemed the safest option was to put two volunteer crew from the lifeboat onto the other side of the island which was sheltered from the waves. The crew then walked the three persons across the island to this safer location to get onboard the lifeboat. They were brought back to the nearest safe marina which was Knockninny public jetty.
The volunteer crew of the lifeboat then went back and refloated the fishing boat from the shoreline and returned it back to the safety of Knockninny public jetty.
Speaking following the call out, Stephen Scott, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Carrybridge RNLI advised all boat users: ‘‘Before setting out on your journey please check the weather forecast for the day ahead, have a means of calling for assistance if you find yourself in trouble and have lifejackets for all onboard. If you see someone in trouble on the water or are in difficulties yourself the number to dial is: 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’’
Notes to editors
· Carrybridge Lifeboat Station was started in 2002 on Upper Lough Erne. It currently operates an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and a Rescue Water Craft
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