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Valentia Lifeboat Launches To Fishing Vessel Off Bolus Head

30th June 2016
Valentia RNLI and Ballinskelligs CRBI go to the aid of the 10m fishing vessel Valentia RNLI and Ballinskelligs CRBI go to the aid of the 10m fishing vessel Photo: RNLI/Valentia

#RNLI - Valentia RNLI launched on Monday afternoon (27 June) to a 10m fishing vessel going aground off Bolus Head in Co Kerry after fouling its propeller.

The call for assistance came from Valentia Coast Guard at 3.44pm with Ballinskelligs inshore rescue and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 also tasked to respond.

Ballinskelligs CRBI provided a tow to the vessel to remove it to safer water, where the Valentia lifeboat took over the tow for a short distance to free the obstruction from its propeller.

The skipper was then able to control the boat assistance and the tow was parted. The fishing vessel continued on without incident and Valentia RNLI returned to station.

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MacDara Conroy

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