Achill Island RNLI assist local fishermen experiencing engine difficulties
Achill Island RNLI went to the assistance of two local fishermen whose 21ft fishing vessel was experiencing engine difficulties this morning (Friday), 16 September.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested by Malin Head Coast Guard to go to the assistance of the two fishermen who reported difficulties with their engine close to Corrán, off Achill Island, shortly after 10am this morning. The ‘Sam and Ada Moody’ launched with Dave Curtis, Coxswain, Michael Cattigan, Mechanic, Patrick Kilbane, Terry Hogarth and Declan Corrigan on board. They quickly reached the vessel which was located approximately two miles from the Lifeboat Station, in what was described as ideal sea and weather conditions at the time.
On reaching the vessel, both fishermen were found to be safe and well. An assessment of the vessel was undertaken and a decision was made to tow it the short distance to Corrán, the nearest and safest pier.
Speaking after the call out, Ciaran Needham, Achill Island RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘The fishermen on board this vessel did everything right and made the right call in seeking assistance. Anyone can encounter problems with their vessel, and while sea and weather conditions were perfect this morning, they can change very quickly. Our advice is to never hesitate to call the Coast Guard for help if you encounter unexpected problems while at sea. Our crew are always happy to assist.’
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