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Skerries RNLI rescue two fishermen from sinking razor fishing boat

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Skerries RNLI rescued two fishermen from a sinking razor fishing boat near Laytown this morning (02 November).

Skerries RNLI Launching their Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI Launching their Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

Shortly before 5.30am this morning Dublin Coast Guard received an emergency call from the skipper of a razor fishing boat with two men on board that was taking on water off Laytown and was beginning to list dangerously. Lifeboats from both Skerries RNLI and Clogherhead RNLI were requested to launch to assist the casualty.

Volunteers from Skerries RNLI launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat “Louis Simson” with Emma Wilson at the Helm and crewed by Eoin Grimes, Steven Johnson and Jack Keane. Conditions at the time were fair with a force one to two north westerly wind.

The lifeboat proceeded to the area off Laytown given as a position by the casualty vessel. There was a number of razor fishing vessels in the area, but the lifeboat soon located the casualty off the mouth of the river Nanny. The vessel was grounded and was being overcome by the rising tide. Clogherhead RNLI arrived on scene shortly afterwards and stood by while the inshore lifeboat was alongside the stricken boat. The two fishermen were taken on board the lifeboat, where they were assessed before being brought safely back to Skerries.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Helm for Skerries RNLI, Emma Wilson said: ‘When we got on scene, it was quite difficult to spot the fishing vessel as it was almost underwater and there was only one remaining light in the wheelhouse. The crew did the right thing in calling for help, wearing their lifejackets and staying with the boat for as long as possible.

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