RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

04/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/23/2019 14:31

Bank Holiday call out for Skerries RNLI to tow motorboat to safety

Skerries RNLI towed two men to safety yesterday afternoon (22 April) after their motorboat suffered mechanical engine failure

Shortly after 3pm on the Easter Bank Holiday, Skerries RNLI were tasked after Dublin Coast Guard received a 999 call reporting that a motorboat was having engine difficulties near Colt island off Skerries.

The volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat 'Louis Simson' and made their way towards the area indicated by the caller. The boat was quickly located between Colt and Shenick islands and it was discovered that they were indeed having mechanical difficulties. A tow was set up and the boat was brought safely back to the slipway in Skerries.

Conditions at the time were calm with a force 3 to 4 south easterly wind.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI, Gerry Canning said: 'Thankfully everyone on board was wearing lifejackets, and the alarm was raised quickly, leading to a good outcome.'

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridgeand Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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