Clogherhead RNLI get early morning call out to vessel with mechanical problems
Lifeboat crew with Clogherhead RNLI had an early morning call out today (Wednesday 2 March) when they were requested to launch by Dublin Coast Guard to a 16m fishing vessel with five people onboard, that had suffered machinery issues a mile and half from Clogherhead.
Conditions were good with a force five to six onshore breeze. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched at approximately 6.30am and were quickly on scene. After making an assessment on the safest course of action, they took the vessel under tow and brought it to the nearest safe port at Port Oriel. They were back at the lifeboat station in under an hour, having brought the vessel to safety.
Commenting on the call out, Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Declan Levins said, ‘this was an early shout for the lifeboat crew and I’m grateful to them for getting the lifeboat launched so quickly to help the fishing crew. Thankfully conditions were not too bad out there but with the fishing vessel losing power, we needed to get them back to the safety of the shore as soon as possible.’
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