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Arranmore RNLI tows trawler to safety

Trawler had experienced engine failure

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Arranmore RNLI tows trawler to safety

The Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat was called to give assistance to a 15-metre, 60-tonne crabbing boat which got into difficulty 35 miles north west of Arranmore yesterday, Tuesday, September 19th.

The lifeboat was called out at 4pm, when the trawler experienced engine failure. Weather conditions at the time were moderate with south, south east winds, force 6-7 and 3-4-metre swell. There were four crew members on board.

When the lifeboat reached the trawler, the crew secured a tow rope and the trawler was towed to the safety of Burtonport harbour.

Lifeboat Coxswain Jimmy Early said, "This was a textbook rescue with favourable weather conditions and experienced fishermen who knew exactly what action to take in an emergency.

"They did all the right things to effect their rescue," he said.