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First call out of 2022 for Helvick Head RNLI who aid two fishermen

Lifeboats News Release

Helvick Head RNLI came to the aid of two fishermen yesterday (Wednesday 12 January) after their 29ft fishing boat broke down at Ballyvoyle.

Helvick Head RNLI lifeboat towing fishing boat

RNLI/Joe Foley

Helvick Head RNLI lifeboat towing fishing boat

On what was described as a sunny and calm day on the water, the volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 12.50pm following a report that the vessel needed assistance at Ballyvoyle, close to Clonea beach.

Launching at 1.03pm, the lifeboat helmed by Joe Foley and with crew members Alan Kelly, Shane Walsh and Liam Harty on-board, made its way to the scene arriving at 1.12pm.

The lifeboat crew assessed the situation and found the fishermen to be safe and well. As the boat had sustained engine failure, a decision was made to tow the vessel back to Helvick Head Pier where they arrived at 1.50pm.

Speaking following the call out, Sean Walsh, Helvick Head RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘The casualties did the right thing by calling for help when they realised they were in difficulty.

‘We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always go prepared. Always wear a life jacket and always carry a means of communication. Should you get into trouble or see someone else in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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Helvick Head RNLI lifeboat being launched at slipway

RNLI/Jamie Breathnach

Helvick Head RNLI lifeboat being launched at slipway

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