Fethard RNLI assists family of four onboard broken down speedboat
Volunteer lifeboat crew at Fethard RNLI were requested to launch their lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard on Saturday evening (9 September) at 6pm.
The alarm was raised from the family onboard a broken down 16ft speedboat.
Fethard RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched by Helm Mick Roche with crew members Cathal O’Connell and Paddy Regan onboard. The lifeboat arrived on scene, 500 metres off Slade Harbour, a short time later. The sea was flat calm, and the weather was good. After assessing the situation, the crew decided to tow the craft with the family onboard to the safety of Fethard Dock.
Commenting about the call out, Pete Barry, Fethard RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘Today’s call out highlights the huge importance of always having a means to call 999 or 112. This family were out enjoying the fine weather when the unexpected happened. Their quick thinking calling the Coast Guard meant our crew could launch to assist as soon as was possible, bringing the situation to a safe conclusion’.
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