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Sligo Bay RNLI rescues three people in difficulty off Inishmurray

Lifeboats News Release

Sligo Bay RNLI's volunteer crew were requested to launch at 2.10pm to reports of three people in difficulty off Inishmurray Island, which is situated four miles off the coast where their boat had experienced engine failure (Sunday 10 September).

RNLI/Declan Kilgallon

Under tow

The boat with three people onboard had earlier left from Mullaghmore Harbour on a fishing trip. However, during their trip, the boat experienced engine.

Answering their pagers, the volunteer crew were at the station, onboard the Sheila and Denis Tongue and underway in nine minutes. Weather conditions at the time were favourable and contact was made with a local angling boat who was close to the scene, and they stood by the casualty vessel until the lifeboat arrived.

On arrival at the scene, an assessment was carried out and it was decided to take all three people aboard the lifeboat and the crew then set up a tow with the casualty vessel and brought them back to Mullaghmore Harbour.

Once all were safely ashore and the boat was tied up, the crew then made their way back to Sligo Bay Lifeboat Station arriving back to the station at 4pm. The lifeboat was then cleaned down, refuelled and made ready for service by the shore crew.

Speaking after the rescue Willie Murphy, Sligo Bay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'Thankfully the outcome was successful. All three people were wearing lifejackets and had a means of communication'.


RNLI/Declan Kilgallon

On the scene

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