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Valentia RNLI launch to vessel in difficulty off Bolus Head

Lifeboats News Release

Valentia RNLI launched yesterday afternoon (Monday 27 June) to a ten-metre fishing vessel going aground off Bolus Head.

The call for assistance came from Valentia Coast Guard at 3.44pm with Ballinskelligs Inshore Rescue and the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 also tasked to respond.

The weather at the time was a north-westerly force five wind when Ballinskelligs Inshore rescue arrived on scene. It was believed a rope may have become caught in the boat’s propellers. Ballinskeilligs Inshore Rescue was able to pull the fishing craft away from the shore before a tow was set up between the fishing boat and the Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat.

After taking the fishing vessel under tow a short distance and freeing the obstruction to the propeller the skipper was able to continue on without assistance and the tow was parted. The fishing vessel continued on without incident and Valentia RNLI returned to station. 

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