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Clifden RNLI rescues two fishermen after boats gets into difficulty

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Clifden RNLI rescues two fishermen after boats gets into difficulty.

Clifden RNLI rescued two lobster fishermen yesterday (Tuesday 5 May) after their boat got into difficulty on the Connemara coastline.

At approximately 10.30am, Clifden RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard and go to the aid of two lobster fishermen in difficulty off the coast of the Aughrus peninsula on the Connemara coastline.

Having experienced engine failure, the boat was drifting dangerously close to the rocks when its crew raised the alarm.

The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Benjamin Downing Fairbridge was launched and was on the scene within 10 minutes of leaving shore.

Lifeboat helm Bernard Whelan and volunteer crew members Kenneth Flaherty, Joe Acton and Owen Hayes then towed the two fishermen in their boat back to Rossadillisk pier in Cleggan.

Speaking following the call out, Catherine Pryce, Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'The crew responded rapidly and were delighted to be able to assist the fishermen.'

Categories: RNLI News

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