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On Sunday, June 14th, Youghal’s inshore lifeboat and her volunteer crew, helmed by Liam Keogh, responded to their pagers, after the alarm was raised by two fishermen onboard a fishing vessel with steering failure.

The lifeboat launched at 12.57 pm to the 20ft fishing vessel, 2 km south-east of Youghal harbour near the black ball buoy, in fairly calm sea conditions.

Once the lifeboat located the fishing boat, one crew member boarded the vessel, following all COVID-19 guidelines and procedures, and the crew worked quickly to establish a tow.

The vessel was then safely towed back to its mooring in Ferrypoint, and the lifeboat returned to the station at 13.39 pm.

Speaking after the call out Lou Stepney, Youghal RNLI Volunteer Press Officer said: ‘’Mechanical failure is one of the main reasons for RNLI callouts.

“Situations can change very quickly at sea. We advise anyone out on the water to be prepared for an emergency by always wearing a life jacket, checking your equipment before you set off and always to carry a means of calling for help, call 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard”.


Photo Credit: RNLI/Karen Walsh