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Union Hall RNLI launch to a vessel in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Union Hall RNLI launch to a vessel in difficulty a mile and a half east of Galley Head in West Cork.

RNLI/Pamela Deasy

Crew and shore crew from left to right - Jim Moloney, Peter Deasy, Chris Collins, Riona Casey, Sean Walsh, Paddy Moloney, Niamh Collins, Haulie Hurley and John Kelleher

The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat Christine and Raymond Fielding, by the Irish Coast Guard at 7.56pm today (Sunday 24th April) to a 33-foot vessel with two persons onboard with engine difficulty.

The lifeboat under helm Chris Collins with crew Paddy Moloney, Sean Walsh and Riona Casey, launched at 8.04pm, in South East force 4/5 moderate to rough sea conditions at the time. Once on scene, an assessment was carried out by our crew and due to the engine difficulties, a tow was established and the vessel was escorted to the nearest safe port of Union Hall, where the lifeboat was recovered at 11.00pm.

Following the call out, Peter Deasy, Union Hall RNLI Deputy Launch Authority said: ‘It is always advisable to call the Coast Guard on 112/999 if you see someone in trouble on or near the water, wear a lifejacket, carry a means of communication, wear suitable clothing for the trip at sea, and enjoy your time on the coast over the coming months.’

Also we would like to congratulate Riona on her first call-out as a volunteer crew member here in Union Hall.

RNLI/Pamela Deasy

Tractor and lifeboat

RNLI/Pamela Deasy

Atlantic 85 Christine and Raymond Fielding

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