Late night rescue of stricken boat by Galway RNLI

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Galway Daily news Late night rescue of stricken boat by Galway RNLI

The Galway RNLI lifeboat came to the rescue of nine crewmembers trapped on their boat on Tuesday night.

The 6.5m rigid inflatable boat had run aground at Ballyvaughan Bay on Tuesday night around 10pm.

With the boat’s propeller and engine damaged, the crew called for help, and the Galway RNLI launched in response after being called on by the Coast Guard.

Conditions were calm and dark when the lifeboat crew located the stricken vessel some 20 minutes later.

Galway RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Seán Óg Leydon said, “The crew of the vessel acted quickly by dropping anchor straight away and contacting the Irish Coast Guard.”

All nine crew on board were wearing lifejackets and did not need any medical assistance.

Galway RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew of Helm Brian Nilan, James Rhattigan, Dave McGrath and Cathal Bryne took the boat in tow to Parkmore Pier near Kinvara.