Clifden RNLI assist six people on a broken down vessel in Ballyconneely Bay
Clifden RNLI assisted six people yesterday evening (Tuesday 14 September) after their vessel broke down in Ballyconneely Bay.
The all-weather lifeboat with volunteer crew members towed the casualty vessel and transported the six passengers safely to shore on Ballyconeely Beach.
Just after 6pm yesterday, both Clifden RNLI's lifeboats; the Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat and the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched in response to reports of a broken down boat. A 14ft vessel with multiple people onboard had suffered engine failure a few kilometres from shore in Ballyconeely Bay.
The volunteer crews arrived on scene at 6.53pm having assessed the situation and ensured the six passengers were safe and well. The crew commenced a tow operation. The casualty vessel was towed alongside the Atlantic 85 Inshore lifeboat and brought to Ballyconeely Beach. The lifeboats were back in station by 8.10pm.
Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John Brittain commended the volunteer crew for a timely response and successful outcome and reminded people to take all necessary precautions when going to sea: 'Plan your route in advance, carry out regular checks on your vessel prior to, and during your journey. Have means of calling for assistance if you find yourself in trouble and everyone onboard should always be wearing lifejackets.'
The inshore lifeboat crew were Helm Alan Pryce, Chris Nee, Brian Ward, Killian Whelan. The all-weather lifeboat crew included Coxswain John Mullen Joe Acton, Owen Hayes, Andy Bell, Thomas Davis and Kevin Ryan.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.