Ballyglass RNLI assisting trawler off Mayo coast

Wednesday, 20th April, 2016 4:19pm

Ballyglass RNLI assisting trawler off Mayo coast

File pic: RNLI lifeboat

BALLYGLASS RNLI is assisting three fishermen this afternoon after their 40ft trawler got into difficulty off the Mayo coast.

The volunteer crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat shortly after 10 a.m. following a report that a fishing vessel with three onboard was experiencing problems some 28 nautical miles north of Benwee Head.

Weather conditions at the time were described as favourable, with a calm sea and good visibility.

The lifeboat, under Coxswain John Walsh, and with six crew members onboard, launched at 10.25 a.m.

Once on scene approximately an hour and a half later, the lifeboat crew observed that no one was in any immediate danger and began to work with the fishing crew to set up a tow.

With a rope in place, the lifeboat began the slow tow back to Ballyglass, a passage which is expected to take five hours.

Agatha Hurst, Ballyglass RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer, said: “The fishermen did the right thing this morning and requested assistance when their vessel got into difficulty. The lifeboat crew successfully set up a tow and we hope to have everyone returned safe and well to Ballyglass later this afternoon.”

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