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Skerries RNLI tow personal watercraft to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Yesterday evening (07 April) Skerries RNLI volunteers towed a personal watercraft, with one man on board to safety after it had suffered a mechanical failure.

Skerries RNLI return personal watercraft to shore

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI return personal watercraft to shore

Shortly after 6pm Skerries RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat after Dublin Coast Guard received a call from the casualty’s friends who were watching from shore. He had lost power and was drifting, unable to make it back to land.

The lifeboat with Peter Kennedy at the helm and crewed by David Knight, JP Tanner and Stephen Crowley made their way directly to the casualty, whom could be seen 150 metres off shore from the lifeboat station.

The man was taken on board the lifeboat and assessed to see if any first aid was required. The personal watercraft was then taken under tow and the man brought safely ashore.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘The gentleman in this case was wearing all the right gear and was just unfortunate with a mechanical failure. His friends were quick to raise the alarm and ensure he got the assistance required. No matter how prepared you are, things can still go wrong at sea. If you see someone in trouble, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard’

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For more information please telephone Gerry Canning Skerries RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer on 087 988 4965 email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland Tel: 087 6483547 email: or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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