Aran Islands RNLI answered the call to fishing vessel in difficulty off Golam Head. Photo: RNLI/Aran Islands
The volunteer crew members of the Aran Islands RNLI were asked to launch their all weather Severn Lifeboat #17-06 on Thursday 08 October at 16.43 by the Irish Coast Guard.
A 38ft fishing vessel was in difficulty and drifting towards Eagle Rock just off Golam Head, in west Co Galway.
The Lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O’Donnell and a full crew and headed straight for the reported fishing vessel.
Weather conditions at the time of launching were moderate with a West North West wind blowing 18 knots and a two metre sea swell.
Once on scene, the volunteer crew members established that both persons aboard the vessel were in good health, while observing all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
A tow line was established between the Lifeboat and the Fishing vessel. The Lifeboat then proceeded towards Rossaveal harbour.
Speaking after the call out Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said:
“A good outcome as the vessel was drifting dangerously close to Eagle Rock after losing the use of their engines.
“Our volunteer crew members never hesitate to get to all calls as quickly as possible.
If you see someone in trouble call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”