THE crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were tasked on Sunday afternoon, January 19, for their first callout of 2014, to an 18 foot pleasure craft with two persons on board which suffered engine failure off Mullaghmore Head in County Sligo.
The alarm was raised with Malin Head Coast Guard shortly before 4pm on Sunday afternoon by mobile phone and the lifeboat launched within 3 minutes as many of the crew were already on station completing their Advanced Cardiac First Responder course. On arriving at the scene, the crew found that the occupiers of the pleasure craft were being assisted by local charter fishing boats.
The Bundoran lifeboat crew then took the craft under tow to Mullaghmore harbour and returned then to the lifeboat station.
Speaking afterwards, Lifeboat Launching Authority for Bundoran RNLI Patrick O’Doherty said: “We were happy to assist the boat owners who had the misfortune of having their engine lose power while out on a Sunday afternoon. We would advise all boat owners to ensure that they have a means of contacting the Coast Guard in case of emergency when out on the water. We would especially recommend the use of a handheld VHF radio which also allows our equipment on the lifeboat to locate a signal quickly.”
Sea safety advice can be found on our website www.rnli.org