Kilrush RNLI assists two people on fishing vessel that loses power and drifts
Kilrush RNLI's volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat this morning (Friday 10 November) to assist two people onboard a fishing vessel that was adrift in challenging conditions.
At 9am, the lifeboat launched at the request of Valentia Coast Guard to a report that a fishing vessel had lost power and was drifting close to the busy shipping channel of the Shannon Estuary.
The crew located the 9m fishing vessel with two people onboard, south west of Kilredaun Head. Having assessed the situation, a decision was made to establish a tow line which was done in a challenging sea state and the casualty vessel was towed to Carrigaholt Pier in 4 - 5m swells. Once the casualty vessel was safely secured, Kilrush RNLI returned to station at 10.30am.
Commenting on the call out, Charlie Glynn, Kilrush RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Weather conditions were challenging but our volunteer crews are well prepared and trained for each eventuality. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated team of volunteers at Kilrush Lifeboat Station who are ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice to save lives at sea. Pease remember if you see someone in danger in the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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