JUST as Ireland kicked off their Euro 2016 match with Belgium at 2pm today, Courtmacsherry lifeboat crew had to put to sea to answer a mayday distress call from a fishing vessel. Conditions at sea were windy with a difficult swell.
The RNLI all-weather lifeboat, under second coxswain Mark Gannon and with a crew of six, rushed to the aid of a 36-foot fishing vessel that had got into difficulty just 300 metres off the rocks at Dunworley Point and reached the stricken vessel at 2.28pm.
The Courtmacsherry crew succeeded in quickly getting a tow rope on board the casualty, which had got into difficulty while fishing and was in danger of going on the nearby dangerous rocks. With a crew of two on board, the causalty was taken under tow by the lifeboat and arrived back at Courtmacsherry Pier an hour later.
Local angling boat, the ‘Lady Louise,’ also assisted in the rescue.