#rnli – Lifeboat crew from Dunmore East and Fethard RNLI were involved in the rescue of four fishermen whose vessel got into difficulty in county Waterford early this morning.
Shortly after 8am, volunteer lifeboat crew from Dunmore East and Fethard RNLI launched their all-weather and inshore lifeboats following a report that a 15 metre fishing boat with four people on board had got into difficulty off Hook Head in Waterford Harbour.
The vessel Coral Strand was taking on water and had ran aground at Garrylough near Duncannon.
Weather conditions at the time were described as foggy with a moderate sea state.
On arrival, the fishermen who had used their own liferaft to evacuate their vessel and had gone aboard a nearby vessel, were then transferred to the Dunmore East all-weather lifeboat.
Crew members boarded the vessel to examine the damage where it was assessed that it was not possible to pump the water out sufficiently to reflate the boat.
The crew of the stricken vessel were subsequently brought safely ashore to Dunmore East where they were made comfortable.
The emergency services involved in this rescue operation included Dunmore East and Fethard RNLI, the Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 117, Fethard Coast Guard Unit and the LE Cira.
Ciaran O'Mullain, Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager praised the crew onboard the troubled vessel for having the appropriate safety equipment in place and working: 'The fishermen acted with safety in mind when they got into difficulty launching their liferaft to evacuate the vessel. This operation involved a multi-agency response and we are glad that all four onboard the stricken vessel have been returned safely ashore this morning'.