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Fethard RNLI assists two people onboard broken down pleasure craft

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Fethard RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. Photo: RNLI

Fethard RNLI has assisted two people onboard a pleasure craft which got into difficulty off the Wexford coast this afternoon (Sunday 15 May).

The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 3.40pm following a request from Waterford River Rescue which reported that a 21ft Bayliner pleasure craft with two people onboard had got into difficulty.


The vessel had sustained engine failure at Creadan Head, some three miles upriver from Dunmore East.


The D Class lifeboat helmed by Thomas Stafford launched at Duncannon and made its way to the scene.


Weather conditions at the time were described as good with a fresh south westerly on shore breeze.


A local fishing vessel aided the operation by providing the lifeboat crew with the exact location of where the pleasure craft was.


Once on scene, the lifeboat crew observed that no one was in any immediate danger and began to establish a tow line.


Fethard RNLI proceeded to bring the vessel one mile up stream where the crew then handed the tow over to Waterford River Rescue who brought the vessel safely back to Waterford.


Speaking following the call out, Thomas Walter, Fethard RNLI Helm said: ‘Today’s call out was an example of good team working between ourselves and our colleagues in Waterford River Rescue. We were delighted to assist and wish the two sailors well.’

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