The Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat was called out yesterday morning by the Irish Coast Guard to aid a fishing vessel in difficulties. Photo: RNLI/Ballycotton

The Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat was called out yesterday morning by the Irish Coast Guard to aid a fishing vessel in difficulties. Photo: RNLI/Ballycotton

The Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat was called out yesterday morning to aid a fishing vessel in difficulties.

Volunteer lifeboat crew from Ballycotton RNLI were requested to launch at 9.00am yesterday by the Irish Coast Guard to a report of a fishing vessel with engine trouble four miles south east of Ballycotton Lighthouse.

The all-weather Trent class lifeboat Austin Lidbury was launched shortly after in moderate conditions with southerly 3/4 force winds and light rain.

Volunteer lifeboat crew arrived to the scene where they found the fishing vessel suffering a fouled propeller.

The lifeboat crew assessed the situation and worked with the vessels two crew members to set up a tow. Once the tow line was fixed and the two crew on board the fishing vessel were safe, the lifeboat proceeded under a steady tow back into Ballycotton harbour.

Eolan Walsh, RNLI Coxswain, said “The new towing equipment recently installed resulted in the fishing vessel being quickly and safely secured. As a result of recent training with this equipment the crew were able to draw on skills learned to effect a successful rescue.”

The fishing boat was brought along side and secured by 11.00am and the lifeboat crew members returned to washdown, refuel and make ready for the next call out.

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