Clifden RNLI rescue six people in Ballyconneely Bay

Galway Daily news Clifden RNLI rescue six people in Ballyconneely Bay
Photo: RNLI/Clifden

Six people were rescued by the Clifden RNLI, assisted by the Cleggan Coast Guard, in Ballyconneely Bay on Tuesday evening after they had boat problems.

The 14ft vessel got into trouble when it suffered engine failure inside of Ballyconneely Bay shortly after 6pm, and the people aboard called for help.

The Cleggan Coast Guard spotted the boat from the shore, and launched a drone to keep an eye on the situation from the air.

Both of the Clifden RNLI station’s lifeboats, the the Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat and the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, were launched in response to the emergency.

They arrived shortly before 7pm, and after ensuring that all of the passengers were safe and well, towed the boat back to shore.

Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John Brittain commended the volunteer crew for a timely response and successful outcome.

He also reminded people that safety precautions are a must at sea. “Plan your route in advance, carry out regular checks on your vessel prior to, and during your journey.”

“Have means of calling for assistance if you find yourself in trouble and everyone onboard should always be wearing lifejackets.”