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Clogher Head RNLI rescues six people stranded in an inflatable boat

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Photo : RNLI/Clogher Head

Author : Aimee Corcoran, Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

On Sunday 29th July Clogher Head RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew rescued three adult males and 3 teenage boys who were floating 3 miles east of Clogherhead when the engine failed in their 4.8meter RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) .

With no VHF radio on board the men used a mobile phone to contact the emergency services.

Clogher Head RNLI all-weather -lifeboat Doris Bleasdale launched and was on scene at 18.30pm. All six people who had been afloat for almost 2 hours following their engine failure were taken on board the lifeboat to give them some respite from the cold while their boat was towed back into Port Oriel harbour.

The group, who are from North County Dublin had spent the afternoon angling for mackerel when their engine failed. Not being familiar with the area they had first given their position as one mile north of Clogherhead. Following a search of the area the volunteer crew eventually spotted the craft 3 miles east of Clogherhead.


Conditions were good with a force 2-3 west to northwest wind and a slight swell of 0.5 meters.

This is the second launch of the Clogher Head lifeboat this week. On Monday evening (23 July) the volunteers were also called to assist the crew of a 9 meter cockle dredger in Dundalk Bay in very foggy conditions. The vessel, with two men on board had lost its rudder which meant that it couldn’t steer. Launching immediately, the lifeboat crew towed the vessel back to the safety of Port Oriel harbour arriving at 8.30pm that evening.

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