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Ballyglass RNLI rescues two anglers after boat runs adrift in Broadhaven Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Ballyglass RNLI rescued two fishermen whose boat got into difficulty and ran adrift in Broadhaven Bay yesterday (Thursday 20 June) afternoon.

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The station’s all-weather volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch and locate the sea anglers drifting into danger in Broadhaven Bay.

The two men got into difficulty when the RIB (rigid inflatable boat) they were in had engine failure. They called for assistance on VHF without delay.The lifeboat was requested to launch by Malin Head Coast Guard at 4pm and was on scene within minutes with six crew aboard.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter R118 from Sligo and Ballyglass Coast Guard Unit were also tasked and put on standby in the area. A local fishing vessel assisted in the search and location of the small craft.

Once on scene the lifeboat crew assessed the situation and deemed it necessary to launch it’s smaller onboard inflatable daughter boat as the casualty vessel had drifted into shallow water. The two anglers were not in need of medical assistance and were safely transferred to the lifeboat. The casualty craft was securely towed to Ballyglass pier. Conditions were fair at the time with a fresh force 4 wind and good visibility.

Speaking following the call out, Ballyglass RNLI Coxswain James Mangan said: ‘I commend the two anglers for contacting emergency services as soon as they got into difficulty and for having VHF radio and wearing lifejackets. The situation could have been more serious had they not followed these precautions.’

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