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Ballycotton RNLI rescues six people on board fishing boat with propeller failure

Lifeboats News Release

An 18 meter fishing boat that suffered propeller failure 27 miles south of Ballycotton yesterday (Wednesday 15 February) was brought to safety by lifeboat crew from Ballycotton RNLI.

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Ballycotton RNLI Lifeboat The Douglas Aikman Smith was requested to launch by Valentia Coast Guard at 1.20pm to a fishing boat that had suffered difficulties due to marine debris that had become wrapped around the propeller.

A south west gale of force 3-5, with two meter swell and heavy rain meant visibility was poor and conditions difficult. Once the crew had located the stricken vessel and had confirmed all crew were safe and well a secure tow line was established. Towing at a speed of six knots Ballycotton RNLI and the fishing boat returned to Ballycotton at 7.45pm. Once tied up and the crew were safely on shore a diver was able to remove the ghost net that was wrapped around the propeller.

Commenting on the callout Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Trevor Devereux said, ‘Thankfully all six people were wearing lifejackets and had called for help as soon as they encountered difficulties’.

Ghost nets are a major environmental hazard to marine and other wildlife, contributing to an estimated 10% of all marine plastic as well as causing harm to two-thirds of marine species.

The lifeboat returned to Ballycotton at 7.45pm for wash down and refuel ready for service.

The lifeboat crew were made up of Trevor Devereux as Coxswain, Adam Hussey as Mechanic, Eolan Breathnach as Navigator and Alan Cott, Cíaran Walsh and Michael Kenneally.

If you see somebody in trouble on the water or along the coast, or think they are in trouble; Dial 999 or 112 or use VHF radio CH 16 and ask for the Coast Guard.


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