Aran Islands RNLI comes to the aid of two fishermen after 30ft vessel gets into difficulty off Nags Head
Aran Islands RNLI came to the aid of two fishermen yesterday evening after their vessel got into difficulty off Nags Head in county Clare.
The volunteer crew were asked by the Irish Coast Guard to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat to assess the situation at 3.48pm (Monday 22 November).
A 30ft fishing vessel with two people on board was having engine difficulty off Nags Head.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115 from Shannon was also tasked and was on scene first, establishing no immediate danger to the vessel or its crew.
The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell with a full crew and headed straight for the vessel.
Conditions at the time of launching were good with calm seas and good visibility.
Once on scene, the crew checked that the fishermen aboard the vessel were safe and well before proceeding to establish a tow line between the lifeboat and the fishing vessel. The boat was then towed to the nearest safe port at Liscannor Harbour.
Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said: ‘The volunteer crew didn't hesitate to answer the call and we were able to get the fishermen back to the harbour before night.
‘We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of communication. Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’