Ballyglass RNLI assists three fishermen on broken down trawler

Ballyglass RNLI assisted three fishermen after their 40ft trawler got into difficulty off the Mayo coast on Wednesday afternoon. The volunteer crew was requested to launch the all-weather lifeboat shortly after 10am on Wednesday following a report that a fishing vessel with three on board was experiencing problems some 28 nautical miles north of Benwee Head.

Weather conditions at the time were described as favourable with a calm sea and good visibility. The lifeboat under coxswain John Walsh and with six crew members on board launched at 10.25am. Once on the scene approximately an hour and a half later, the lifeboat crew observed that no one was in immediate danger and began to work with the fishing crew to set up a tow. With a rope in place, the lifeboat began the slow tow back to Ballyglass, an ongoing passage which took five hours.

Agatha Hurst, Ballyglass RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat press officer, said: "The fishermen did the right thing this morning and requested assistance when their vessel got into difficulty. The lifeboat crew successfully set up a tow and we hope to have everyone returned safe and well to Ballyglass later this afternoon."

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