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Helvick Head RNLI assists fisherman in broken down boat off Mine Head

Lifeboats News Release

Helvick Head RNLI came to the aid of a fisherman on Tuesday afternoon (11 July) after they got into difficulty and needed assistance three miles off Mine Head, south-west of Dungarvan.

View from broken down fishing boat which is being towed by Helvick head lifeboat


Helvick Head towing fishing boat

At the request of the Irish Coast Guard, the volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat into westerly force 2-3 winds and moderately choppy seas. The lifeboat, helmed by Alan Kelly and with crew members Catherine Reeves, Jamie Walsh and Críostóir Ó’Faoláin onboard, made its way to the scene arriving at 12.50pm.

The crew assessed the situation and found the male casualty to be safe and well. As the 30ft fishing boat had sustained a fouled propeller, a decision was made to tow it back to the nearest safe port. A tow line was established, and the lifeboat and fishing boat arrived safely back to Helvick Head pier at 2.25pm.

The fisherman was very appreciative of the service rendered by the Helvick Head RNLI crew and extended his thanks to all involved.

Speaking following the call out, Kieran Rossiter, Helvick Head RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always go prepared. Wear a lifejacket and be sure to carry a means of communication. Should you get into trouble or see someone else in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’


Picture of Helvick Head lifeboat with 4 crew onboard en route to a rescue


Helvick Head ILB lifeboat

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