Rescued fishing vessel towed safely to Kinsale Harbour

December 18th, 2015 5:05 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

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The Courtmacsherry RNLI all weather lifeboat  has successfully towed a rescued fishing vessel into Kinsale Harbour this afternoon.

AFTER more than a four hour tow, the Courtmacsherry RNLI all weather lifeboat along with a fishing vessel have now arrived back to the safe surrounds of Kinsale Harbour having arrived just after 4 pm.

The Courtmacsherry RNLI under Coxswain Sean O Farrell was called out at 11am this morning to go to the aid of a 46 ft fishing vessel that had got into difficulties 14 miles south of The Old Head Of Kinsale in West Cork.  The lifeboat with a crew of seven was launched immediately in very poor conditions, with a sea swell of over 12 feet. They located the fishing vessel in rough seas. and  they immediately secured a tow line to the vessel and proceeding to tow the stricken vessel back to Kinsale Harbour.

There were four crew on board the fishing vessel. Conditions at sea today were poor with heavy swell, high winds and poor visibility.

Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Hon Operations Manager Brian O Dwyer praised the quick response of so many voluntary crew members this morning.

'It was great to complete this callout, in poor conditions and in a very efficient manner. We had a turnout of over 11 voluntary crew willing to go to sea on a morning that many of them were preparing to attend a large local wedding in the village. When they return to the station in Courtmacsherry at around 5.30pm, they can be well satisfied of a job well done,' said Brian O'Dwyer.

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