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Clifden RNLI rescue two people on board a broken-down vessel west of Inish Turk

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were called out on Friday evening to assist a vessel suffering mechanical failure near Inish Turk South, Co Galway.

Clifden RNLI rescue two people on broken down vessel

RNLI/James Mullen

Clifden RNLI rescue two people on broken down vessel

At 6.45pm on Friday 25 May Clifden’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was tasked by Malin Head Coast Guard to assist a boat that had broken down about 6 miles off-shore. The crew launched Joyce King in beautiful sunny conditions, helmed by David Barry with crew James Mullen, Joseph Acton and Brian Ward. They were assisted in launching by Neil Gallery and John Brendan Mannion on shore.

The crew arrived on scene to find the casualties had anchored and did not require medical attention. The stricken vessel was taken under tow back to a mooring in Clifden Bay, arriving without incident at 8.45pm.

Speaking about the shout Clifden RNLI Helm David Barry said, 'With the good weather promised we expect to see people enjoying water sports and boating activities around our coasts. We want everyone to enjoy the water and come home safely, please always remember to wear a lifejacket when out on the water, always carry a mobile phone or VHF radio to call for help in an emergency. Boats should have an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) which is registered and regularly maintained. The volunteer crew at our station are on call 24/7. If you get into difficulty, or see someone else in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.'

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