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Trawl's well that ends well RNLI crew rescue fishing trawler after mechanical failure off Cork coast

The crew raised the alarm after the propellor had become fouled and they were unable to move

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The RNLI went to the rescue last night. PIC: RNLI

The RNLI went to the rescue last night. PIC: RNLI

The RNLI went to the rescue last night. PIC: RNLI

A fishing trawler that found itself in trouble off the West Cork coast “made the right call” in seeking assistance, the local RNLI lifeboat station has said. 

The 18-metre Castletownbere-based fishing trawler with six crew on board experienced mechanical failure close to Mizen Head before 9pm.

The crew raised the alarm after the propellor had become fouled and they were unable to move.

The lifeboat was launched within minutes under the command of Coxswain Dean Hegarty with crew Marney O’Donogue, Sean ‘Bawn’ O’Sullivan, Kyle Cronin, Aaron O’Boyle, John William O’Donoghue and Donagh Murphy.

“At 9.46 pm the lifeboat located the stricken vessel one mile south-west of Mizen Head,” Castletownbere RNLI said. “Conditions on-scene were described as a 2-3 metre swell and with Force 5 south-westerly winds.

"Lifeboat crew secured a tow to the fishing vessel and proceeded to tow the vessel towards Castletownbere without incident. "

The trawler was back safe in port at Castletownbere Pier just before 1am.

Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Paul Stevens, said the fishing vessel made the right call in seeking assistance.

“Given the boat's proximity to the shore and the prevailing wind conditions, the lifeboat ensured that a potential critical incident was averted,” he added.

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