Skerries RNLI carry out search after distress flare sighted.

Skerries RNLI Launching last night 18 August 2013

 

Skerries RNLI carried out a search of an area north of Balbriggan last night (Wednesday 14 August) after a vessel in the area reported sighting a distress flare.

The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat shortly after 9.30pm with Philip Ferguson as Helm and crew members Adam Scott, Stephen Crowley and AJ Hughes also on board. Dublin Coast Guard requested the lifeboat to launch to investigate a report of a distress flare north of Balbriggan harbour.

 

The lifeboat proceeded directly to the area indicated by the Coast Guard and conducted an extensive search. Clogherhead RNLI were also tasked and carried out a search further north while Skerries Coast Guard unit carried out a search of the coastline in the area. Just after 10.30pm Dublin Coast Guard declared that they were satisfied that a thorough search had been carried out and with nothing found all units were stood down to return to base.

 

Speaking after the call out, Philip Ferguson, Skerries RNLI Helm said: 'Conditions were very good on scene and while it was quite a dark night visibility was reasonably good which helped our search. Our volunteer crew are always ready to launch to any sign that somebody is in difficulty at sea and we are happy that on this occasion no lives were in danger.’