Callouts - Skerries RNLI responds to two call outs over busy weekend

Skerries RNLI stand by as Howth all weather lifeboat establishes a tow

Skerries RNLI had a busy weekend with two call outs within 24 hours.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch at 6.50pm on Saturday (15 June) to reports of a boat in difficulty in the vicinity of Lambay Island. A small open topped boat with two people on board had been seen in the area struggling to make its way to shore on an auxiliary engine.


The inshore lifeboat, the Louis Simson, was launched and made its way directly to where the boat had last been spotted. The conditions at the time were moderate with force four north westerly winds. However, there were strong squalls and thundery showers in the area.


Once on scene a search of the area was carried out and the local harbours of Rush and Loughshinny were also checked.


Dublin Coast Guard then tasked the helicopter Rescue 116 to assist in the search.


Having received a call from Rush Sailing Club, the lifeboat crew was informed that the boat had returned safely to shore. Rescue 116 was subsequently stood down and the Skerries lifeboat returned to base.


Skerries RNLI was called out for the second time on Sunday (16 June) evening at 5.58pm following a report that a 29ft vessel was in distress near Donabate with 10 people on board.


The lifeboat was launched at 6.06pm and went directly to the location given for the casualty. The weather conditions at the time were blowing force four south westerly winds, meaning a slightly bumpy ride for the crew on the way to Donabate. Howth RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was also requested to launch.


Arriving on scene Skerries RNLI found that the Howth lifeboat was alongside the casualty assessing the situation. The Howth crew established a towline to the casualty. Once the tow was established, Howth towed the casualty back to Malahide Marina and the Skerries lifeboat returned to base.

Speaking afterwards, Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI volunteer crew member said: ‘This was a busy 24 hours for the lifeboat station but our volunteer crew are always ready and willing to drop whatever they are doing when the pagers go off and respond to help anyone in difficulty at sea’.