Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat on fourteen and half hour rescue mission

The Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat responded to its third call out in a week to assist a 24metre, 245 tonne fishing boat with five people on board which got into difficulty with engine failure. The boat, which left Killybegs in the early hours of this morning, Friday 18th got into difficulty when their engine failed 10 miles north west of Glen Head. The lifeboat launched at 3 30 am and reached the casualty at 5 am. Weather conditions at the time were challenging with a two metre swell and west, south west wind of force 5-7. Having reached the fishing vessel in the dark the lifeboat managed to get a tow rope on board but the tow rope broke several times because of the weight of the boat and the high swell. Having finally secured the rope the lifeboat proceeded to tow the boat to Killybegs harbour. After a tow which took 9 hours the boat was finally safely berthed at Killybegs and the lifeboat returned to base at 6pm after refuelling at Burtonport. Lifeboat Coxswain, Jimmy Early paid tribute to the crew of the fishing vessel, “they were a very experienced fishing crew and knew exactly what was required to bring them safely ashore, now it’s bedtime, hopefully ”

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