howth rnli trawler aground

Howth RNLI were called out after a fishing trawler ran aground on rocks in Balscadden Bay. Photo: Shane’s Howth Adventures

Howth RNLI launched the all-weather lifeboat to rescue a fishing trawler with 6 people onboard after it ran aground on rocks in Balscadden Bay Howth.

The RNLI pagers sounded at 4.12pm on Thursday, 07 January to reports of a fishing trawler aground just outside Howth Harbour in Balscadden Bay. The all-weather lifeboat was launched and was on the scene in a matter of minutes.

The trawler was hard around and listing to one side. The volunteer lifeboat crew assessed the fishing trawler and deemed it safe to put a tow line aboard. Fred Connolly, Howth RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain carefully navigated the all-weather lifeboat in the shallow water and the volunteer crew got a tow line aboard the stricken trawler.

The tide was rising, and the lifeboat eased the trawler off the rocks and into deeper water. The trawler was brought back to the safety of Howth Harbour.

The Howth Lifeboat and volunteer crew returned to Howth station and stood down at 5.50pm.

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Speaking following the callout, Ian Malcom, Howth RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘Our volunteer lifeboat crew were pleased to be able to quickly respond and tow the fishing vessel to the safety of Howth Harbour. Our Lifeboat volunteers train regularly to prepare for situations just like this’’

The crew on the Howth RNLI Trent Class All Weather lifeboat were Fred Connolly – Coxswain, Ian Sheridan – Mechanic, Killian O’Reilly, Ian Martin, Aidan Murphy, Stephen Mullaney and Ronan Murphy.

The RNLI continues to provide an on call 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service. To ensure peoples’ own safety in or on the water please adhere to the relevant water safety guidance for your activity. More information can be found at

Source: Howth: RNLI

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Howth RNLI called out after trawler runs aground in Balscadden Bay

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