Aran Islands RNLI rescues angling boat with nine aboard

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Aran Islands RNLI all-weather lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Nicholas Leach

The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat came to the rescue of an angling boat with nine people abard in trouble off Inis Mór yesterday.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 2:48pm on Monday in response to a call-out from the Coast Guard.

An 11.6m angling boat with nine people out on a fishing trip was experiencing engine problems at the back of Inis Mór.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O’Donnell and a full crew and headed straight for the boat.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were good, with a slight East North East breeze, calm seas and good visibility.

Once on the scene, the volunteer lifeboat crew checked that all aboard were safe and sound, before establishing a tow line.

With the tow line safely secured, the lifeboat proceeded back towards Kilronan Harbour, where the angling boat was brought alongside the Pontoon.

Speaking after the call out Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said: ‘thankfully the weather was calm and a quick response time from the volunteer crew, meant the angling boat and all aboard were brought safely ashore without delay.’

When going to sea, always wear a lifejacket, let someone know when you are due back and  carry means of contacting someone ashore, in a waterproof pouch or bag.