The Dunmore East RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew successfully coordinated a multi-agency rescue operation this weekend when a 12-metre fishing vessel with three persons on board got into difficulties less than half a mile from Dunmore East Harbour.
The boat was reported to be taking on a significant amount of water when the RNLI crew was alerted by the Irish Coast Guard and the all-weather lifeboat William and Agnes Wray was launched and quickly located the vessel.
A salvage pump was deployed, and an RNLI volunteer was transferred to the vessel to manage the water ingress effectively. A decision was then made to tow the vessel to Dunmore East Harbour with escort support from other vessels from the local fishing community.
A comprehensive response effort was waiting at the harbour, involving the Irish Coast Guard, including the Rescue 117 helicopter and Dunmore East Fire Service. This joint operation played a pivotal role in the successful outcome of the incident.
‘This rescue operation showcased exceptional collaboration between the RNLI, Irish Coast Guard, Fire Service, and the local fishing community. The response to the Mayday call by nearby fishing vessels was a key factor in the success of this operation. Their immediate assistance played a crucial role in the safety and support of the incident,’ said Liz Power, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Dunmore East RNLI, commenting that this event highlights the critical importance of coordinated responses in maritime emergencies and serves as a reminder of the necessity for regular safety checks and preparedness.