Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat rescues fishermen with boat troubles

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Aran Islands RNLI all-weather lifeboat

The Aran Island RNLI lifeboat rescued two fisherman whose boat ran into trouble off the coast of Clare on Monday.

The all-weather lifeboat was called out by the Coast Guard in response to a 30ft fishing vessel in trouble off Nags Head in Clare.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O’Donnell shortly before 4pm on Monday with a full crew, and headed straight for the vessel.

The Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115 from Shannon was also tasked and was on scene first, establishing no immediate danger to the vessel or its crew.

Once on scene, the crew checked that the fishermen aboard the vessel were safe and well before proceeding to establish a tow line between the lifeboat and the fishing vessel. The boat was then towed to the nearest safe port at Liscannor Harbour.

Speaking after the call out John O’Donnell said, “The volunteer crew didn’t hesitate to answer the call and we were able to get the fishermen back to the harbour before night.”

“We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of communication.”

“Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”