TWO Belgian anglers were rescued yesterday afternoon by the Courtmacsherry All Weather RNLI Lifeboat after they got lost two miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale.
The crew of five under Coxswain Sean O'Farrell were called out at 2pm to go to the aid of a 18 foot pleasure boat with two anglers on board. The Belgian anglers had been fishing and got lost as they headed out to sea. As the sea were roughening and the wind was picking up, the only bearing that they could give when seeking assistance was that they could see a lighthouse in the distance.
The lifeboat found the casualties at 2.30pm and escorted the fishing craft back to Courtmacsherry arriving at 4.10pm.
Both anglers were relieved to be back on shore and they praised the fast response and skills of the Lifeboat crew in locating them so quickly. As the sea was becoming rough they became extremely worried as they had no idea as to where they were.
Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Station DLA Dermot O'Mahony praised the crew for the fast response during a mid week working day and for putting the safety of others at the top of their priorities.