By Nora Flanagan, Arranmore Lifeboat Press Officer
The RNLI Arranmore lifeboat was called out to assist two people in a boat with engine failure off the coast of Glen Head, County Donegal on Saturday evening 20th May at 8 35pm. The boat which had left Bunbeg and was on its way to Sligo, developed engine trouble and was taking in water and had to drop anchor off Glen Head until the lifeboat secured a tow rope. The lifeboat proceeded to tow the stricken vessel to Burtonport where it was placed in dry dock for repair. Jimmy Early, coxswain of the lifeboat said the crew did the right thing calling out the lifeboat and as we approach the summer that people should be aware or the RNLI’s Respect The Water Campaign.
The key messages of the campaign are; when going out to sea for pleasure or business, make sure you have adequate fuel, that your boat is in good repair, wear safety equipment, have ways of contacting the emergency services eg. phone, flares, eperb. tell the coastguards when you are going out, where you are going and your estimated time of arrival back.
If you are going swimming always check with local people if the area is safe to swim, swim parallel with the shore.
Remember to respect the water at all times as not everybody can be saved