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Skerries RNLI tow motor boat with five on board to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI were tasked on Tuesday evening (17 July) after Dublin Coast Guard received a call from a rigid inflatable motor boat that had suffered electrical failure to the north of Lambay island.

Shortly after 9pm on Tuesday evening Skerries RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat with Joe May at the helm and crewed by Sheila May, AJ Hughes and Jack Keane.

The information received was that the boat had suffered electrical failure and was anchored to the north of Lambay island. Conditions at the time were fair, however light was beginning to fade. The lifeboat proceeded to Lambay and as they neared the island, the casualty vessel fired a white parachute flare to alert the lifeboat of their whereabouts.

The vessel, with four men and one woman on board was taken under tow by the lifeboat and returned to the safety of Rush harbour.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: ‘Thankfully we were able to locate the casualty quickly and all on board were well and in good spirits. Our volunteers are always ready to respond and we would always advise anyone going to sea to carry more than one means of contacting the shore, and, if needed, to make the call for help early’

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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

Skerries RNLI tow motor boat with five on board to safety

RNLI/Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI tow motor boat with five on board to safety

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