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Union Hall RNLI assists boat in difficulty with two onboard

Lifeboats News Release

Union Hall RNLI came to the aid of a boat approx 28ft in length this afternoon (Monday 14 August) after the vessel got into difficulty at Scullane point west of Castlehaven harbour.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was alerted by Valentia Coast Guard at 2.24pm to a report of a boat in difficulty at Scullane point west of Castlehaven harbour, after an object got tangles in its propeller. The lifeboat Margaret Bench of Solihull launched at 2.30pm with our volunteer crew and went to the assistance of the casualty vessel.

The weather this afternoon was calmer than the morning with wind westerly force 3-4 and sea conditions calm inside Glandore harbour but a bit bumpy once out past Adam. A tow was attached and the boat was towed to the safety of Reen pier and tied up, before the lifeboat returned to Union Hall.

It was another first at Union Hall lifeboat station as it was Paddy Moloney's first call out, under the watchful eye of helm Martin Limrick and Sarah Browne.

Speaking following the call out, Jim Moloney, Union Hall RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: 'The two men aboard the boat did everything right, they called for help and had an anchor deployed. We would remind everyone going to sea to always carry a means of communication, wear a lifejacket and respect the water'.

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from left to right- Noel Fuller, Cathal Deasy, Paddy Moloney, Sarah Browne, HELM -Martin Limrick and Jim Moloney

RNLI/Pamela Deasy

Paddy Moloney's first callout

RNLI/Pamela Deasy

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