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Castletownbere RNLI crew tows fishing vessel to safety after it loses power near Bull Rock

September 5th, 2019 10:17 AM

By Southern Star Team

The crew towed the trawler to safety last night.

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Lifeboat crew at Castletownbere RNLI launched yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) to assist a 24m fishing vessel which had lost all power four miles west of the Bull Rock in West Cork.  

The lifeboat was tasked by Valentia Coastguard Radio shortly after 1pm and was launched immediately under the command of coxswain Dean Hegarty.

The fishing boat, with five persons aboard, had lost all power and requested assistance.

The lifeboat located the stricken vessel at 2.20pm four miles west of the Bull Rock in a 5m swell and NW Force 7/8 winds.

Once on the scene, the lifeboat crew quickly took the vessel under tow and started a slow passage back to Castletownbere.

The fishing vessel was berthed safely at the pier at 8.45pm.

Commenting on the call-out Castletownbere RNLI deputy launching authority, Felix O’Donoghue said: ‘While the vessel was not initially in any immediate danger, conditions on-scene were challenging and the vessel was drifting without power. The boat made the right decision to seek assistance and the result was positive.’

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