Skerries RNLI rescued three men last night (Thursday 24 April) after their 30 foot fishing vessel ran aground on rocks north of Balbriggan harbour in extremely poor visibility.
The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat shortly after 9pm with Rob Morgan as Helm and crew members Emma Wilson, Stephen Crowley and Laura Boylan also on board. Dublin Coast Guard requested the lifeboat to launch after receiving of reports that a vessel had struck rocks north of Balbriggan harbour.
The lifeboat proceeded directly to the area indicated by Dublin Coast Guard. Conditions on the night were calm with a force one Southerly wind. There was a thick sea fog in the area at the time and visibility was reduced to one to two metres.
Clogherhead RNLI all weather lifeboat also launched at 10pm after Skerries RNLI requested their assistance given the possibility that a long and difficult search may have been necessary. Coast guard helicopter R116 and Skerries coast guard ground unit were also tasked.
Communication with the vessel in distress was established through another fishing vessel. Along with the information relayed from the vessel, the volunteer crew used the radar and direction finder on board their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to pinpoint the casualties location.
The three men were taken on board the lifeboat where they were assessed and did not require any medical attention. Clogherhead RNLI , Skerries coast guard and Rescue helicopter R116 were all stood down. Skerries RNLI returned the three men to the lifeboat station where they were reunited with waiting family members.
Speaking after the call out, Rob Morgan , Skerries RNLI Helm said: ’Visibility was extremely poor out there this evening. The volunteers training really paid off, particularly with the radar and VHF direction finding equipment . Thankfully we found them in time and it was a good result.’ –
Author: Gerry Canning/RNLI