The Arranmore RNLI lifeboat responded to two calls for assistance this morning Tuesday 15th August.
The lifeboat was called out to assist a 60 ft. boat which had got into difficulty off Gola Island at 10 30 am when ropes got caught in the rudder. Minutes before reaching the disabled boat the crew managed to dislodge the ropes and continued their journey. The lifeboat proceeded to Burtonport to refuel and were called out again when a member of the public alerted the Coast Guard informing them about a boat in trouble at Marameelin, off Crohy Head.
The lifeboat proceeded to the area to assist a 10 ft. boat with three people on board.
The boat had developed engine trouble in a force 6-7 gale with 2metre swell and was in danger of being blown onto shore. When the lifeboat arrived on scene they secured a tow rope to the boat and transferred the three casualties to the lifeboat and towed the boat to Portnoo.
Cowswain, Jimmy Early said “The rescue was a difficult one as the boat was in shallow water and with the high swell it was a challenge to get alongside the boat and transfer the people to the lifeboat, we are fortunate to have a very skilled crew, thanks to the intensive training provided to all lifeboat crew by the RNLI. We are pleased to have helped the people on board and encourage everyone to heed the RNLI’s message to respect the water”