Clifden RNLI carry out search operation in extreme wind and high seas
Today, Tuesday 22 February, the volunteer crew of Clifden RNLI were requested to conduct a search operation in response to an EPIRB signal eight miles west Clifden, Galway.
EPIRB is a device carried on vessels to alert search and rescue services in case of an emergency out at sea.
The lifeboat crew launched the Shannon Class, all-weather lifeboat at approximately 10.20 this morning, into extremely strong winds and heavy seas. Despite a force eight wind and seven-metre swell, a full search of the area, west of Turbot Island was carried out by the volunteer crew. Thankfully, no evidence of a vessel in distress was found in the area and the operation was stood down by the Coast Guard at midday.
Nessa Joyce, Clifden RNLI Deputy Launch Authority (DLA) said, 'In terms of weather, this operation was one of the most challenging we have dealt with in a while. It was a successful operation and a testament to both the training of our crew and safety and reliability of our rescue craft. All-weather lifeboats are made for conditions like this and everyone in Clifden RNLI is really looking forward to bringing a brand new Shannon Class ALB into service later this Spring. My thanks to the crew for braving the weather today to ensure a successful outcome.'
The operation was carried out by John Mullen (coxswain), Tom Davis, Owen Hayes, James Mullen, Andy Bell and Kenneth Flaherty.
Photo: Clifden RNLI all-weather lifeboat in heavy seas in Clifden Bay today, Tuesday 22 February
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