Early morning call out for Arranmore RNLI to assist fisherman
Arranmore RNLI responded to a call at 7.15 this morning (Wednesday 10 August) to assist a 25ft fishing vessel with one onboard after it sustained engine trouble.
The boat was drifting on to rocks at Calf Island which is located just metres from the Arranmore lifeboat station.
Sea conditions at the time were calm with good visibility and on reaching the casualty a neighbouring boat had secured a tow rope.
The lifeboat escorted both vessels to Burtonport.
Following the call out, RNLI Relief Coxswain Sean Curtin, said: 'We were delighted to be able to assist the boat and really pleased that they did the right thing in not delaying calling for help. We are a 24 hour rescue service operating 365 days of the year and we encourage the public to familiarise themselves with the safety messages from the RNLI which can be found by logging on to https://rnli.org/safety. We are always happy to respond to calls for assistance day and night.'
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