#RNLI - The volunteer lifeboat crew with Rosslare Harbour RNLI launched at 10.30am on Wednesday morning (6 February) to a fishing vessel drifting dangerously close to the shore in a force 8 gale (see video below).
The vessel was located about a mile from the lifeboat station in Rosslare Harbour and the lifeboat was on scene within minutes.
Two volunteer lifeboat crew were transferred to the drifting vessel whose moorings were unable to hold due to an unexpected change in the wind direction, and brought it under control in severe weather conditions.
The vessel was brought safely to the main harbour and secured. The callout last just over two hours.
Commenting on the callout, Rosslare Harbour RNLI deputy launching authority David Maloney said: "Weather conditions this morning in Rosslare Bay were very challenging and the crew showed great skill in bringing the vessel to safety.
"If the lifeboat had not launched, I have no doubt that the vessel would have been washed ashore."