Kilmore Quay RNLI called to assist three young people aboard a RIB

Lifeboats News Release

Kilmore Quay RNLI launched at 9pm last night (Monday 18 July) to assist three young people onboard a 4m RIB that had suffered engine failure approximately one mile south of the Great Saltee Island.

RNLI/Elaine Walsh

The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather Tamar class lifeboat, Killarney, by the Irish Coast Guard at 9pm yesterday evening to assist a four metre RIB with three young people on board that had experienced engine failure and were drifting on the tide. Weather conditions at the time were calm.

The lifeboat, under Coxswain Philip Walsh with six crew members onboard, immediately launched and made its way to the scene. Arriving on scene, the crew checked everyone on board the RIB was safe and well before assessing the situation. It was decided to establish a towline and transfer those on board the RIB to the lifeboat.

With a towline secured and the crew of the RIB safely aboard, the lifeboat was soon underway back to Kilmore Quay, arriving back at the harbour at 10.07pm.

Speaking following the call out, John Grace, Kilmore Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Thankfully there was a positive outcome to this evening's call out. With such good weather more people are spending more time on the water making it the charity's busiest time of year. Even the best maintained equipment can encounter problems, so it is important to always be prepared for when it does happen. We would urge anyone heading out to sea to tell someone where you are going and when you will be back, carry a reliable means of communication, VHF or a mobile phone in a waterproof case in case you need to call for help and always wear a lifejacket.’

The Kilmore Quay RNLI lifeboat crew involved in the call out were Coxswain Philip Walsh, Dean Roche, Sam Nunn, PJ Bates, Shane Devereux, Dan Tierney and Tom Lambert.


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