Howth RNLI rescue father, son and their dog Billy

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer lifeboat crew of Howth RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat 'Roy Barker III' to aid a father, son and their dog 'Billy' on Sunday (24 July), after their boat suffered engine failure and was drifting towards the cliffs off the Baily Lighthouse.

RNLI/Aidan Murphy

‘Billy’ who was rescued by Howth RNLI
The lifeboat, with a crew of seven launched at 1.40pm following a request from Dublin Coast Guard to assist the boat which had come across Dublin Bay from Dun Laoghaire and suffered engine failure close to the Baily Lighthouse.

Weather conditions were challenging with fresh southerly winds and having lost power, the boat was being blown towards the cliffs on the south side of Howth head.

The lifeboat reached the casualty vessel within fifteen minutes of launching. Once it was established that all on board the boat were well, Howth RNLI Coxswain, Fred Connolly took the decision to take the father, son and their black Labrador 'Billy' on board the lifeboat and to tow their boat back to Howth.

Speaking following the incident, Howth RNLI Coxswain, Fred Connolly said: 'The owner of the boat in difficulty did the right thing in calling the Coast Guard for help straight away. When the winds are blowing onshore and a boat is broken down, every minute counts. Our volunteer crew responded quickly once the pager went off and we launched the lifeboat within minutes.

Once on scene, we cast a line to the boat and pulled them alongside so that the father, son and their dog could be transferred to the safety of the lifeboat. Our crew then established a tow line and we were able to tow the boat back to Howth harbour.

This type of call out for the RNLI provides a good opportunity to remind boat owners to have a means of calling for help at all times and if you do get into difficulty that you're prepared.

We were delighted to be able to return 'Billy' and his owners safely ashore.

RNLI/Aidan Murphy

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