BY SEÁN P. FEENY
THE Arranmore Lifeboat called to the rescue of a Fanad crabber vessel yesterday afternoon making a twelve-hour round trip on St Patrick’s Day.
Members of the lifeboat crew left the island at 1.45pm following the distress call from the five-strong crew when ropes got tangled around the vessel’s propeller 40 miles northwest from Arranmore.
A spokesperson for the Arranmore Lifeboat said yesterday evening heavy seas were slowing down the rescue.
“There is no immediate danger for the fishing fessel crew, but It’s going to be a slow and ponderous journey as the tow rope keeps breaking due to the five-metre swell.
“We are expecting the lifeboat will have the 50-metre long vessel pulled into Burtonport by midnight,” the spokesperson confirmed just before going to press.
The rescue was being co-ordinated by Malin Head and Belfast Coast Guard Stations.
On December 7, 1940, the crew of Arranmore lifeboat risked their lives to rescue 18 men in the worst...