Castletownbere Lifeboat was launched this afternoon at 12.20pm to go to the assistance of a 43 ft fishing vessel taking on water 17 miles south west of Castletownbere in county Cork. To view the RNLI Video scroll down to the bottom of the post.
When the lifeboat crew arrived on scene they saw that the three crew had got into a liferaft as their fishing vessel was taking on a considerable amount of water and was in danger of sinking.
Conditions were described as fair with a large 4 metre groundswell. The Coast Guard helicopter from Shannon winched two of the fishing crew off the liferaft but a third man was in the water. Castletownbere lifeboat crew immediately recovered the man onto the lifeboat. With the casualty safely on the lifeboat, two RNLI crewmembers brought a salvage pump on board and proceed to pump the water from the fishing vessel. It was then taken under tow by the lifeboat and brought back to the harbour.
The rescued man did not need any further medical attention. The Irish Navel vessel the LE Eithne was also on scene during the rescue. Commenting on the callout Castletownbere RNLI crewmember Paul Stevens said, “ This callout thankfully resulted in a happy ending with three men being brought to safety. We were also able to bring the fishing vessel ashore in one piece. I am sure the three men are in shock but they had a lucky escape.”
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