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The Value of Fishermen

The value of fishermen and a fishing family in the community was well proved in the rescue by Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan off Inisheer in the Aran Islands on Thursday of two missing women paddle boarders. They had gone out searching, with their own calculation of to where the 17 and 23-year-old might have been taken by wind and tide after they disappeared having launched their paddle board at Furbo Beach near Spiddal.

Patrick is a member of Galway Lifeboat Station and his own daughters said that, when he heard the news of the missing women, he intended to help, as if it had been part of his own family who were in need of assistance. Father-and-son Patrick and Morgan located the missing paddle boarders 17 miles from where they had left, clinging to a marker buoy for lobster pots. These were very lucky ladies whose lives were saved by fishermen.

“Dad had a plan about the ground we wanted to cover with the way the wind and the tide was going so there was possible sighting north of Inis Oirr. That didn’t work out, so we continued on that line, between Inis Oirr and Clare. We always felt we would find them,” said Morgan, “You can’t explain it, but some days you have a good instinct when you are leaving that it will work out and today was one of those. They were conscious when we got them, a bit confused because they thought nobody was looking for them. I have been on boats since two days after I was born. It runs in our family and I have been on a few rescues before, but it doesn’t always work out. Thank God they are alive and well,” said Morgan.

All credit to Patrick and Morgan Oliver.