Busy weekend for Skerries RNLI as four people brought to safety

Skerries RNLI tow yacht to safety

Skerries RNLI responded to two separate call outs to vessels in difficulty over the weekend returning four people safely to shore.

Shortly before 5.30pm on Friday (11 July) the volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat Louis Simson following reports of a small motor craft broken down off Donabate beach.

The lifeboat with David Knight at the helm and crewed by Rob Morgan, Joe May and Eoin Grimes proceeded directly to the area where they quickly located the motor craft with two people on board. Conditions on scene were calm with a force two southerly wind. A tow was established and the vessel was brought safely to Howth.

The second call out came shortly before 10.30am on Saturday (12 July) when Dublin Coast Guard requested Skerries RNLI launch to assist a yacht that had fouled their propeller North of St. Patricks island off Skerries.

The lifeboat launched with David Knight on Helm and Conor Walsh ,Rob Morgan and Stephen Crowley also on board. There was a force one Northerly breeze at the time of launch and visibility was slightly reduced due to a misty rain. The lifeboat quickly located a 13 metre yacht which had fouled it’s propeller on a lobster pot. The volunteer crew managed to free the yacht and tow them safely to Skerries harbour, where they then freed the remaining obstruction from the propeller.

The lifeboat launched again on Sunday morning as the volunteer crew carried out their regular training exercises.

Speaking of the call outs, Gerry Canning , Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Skerries RNLI said: ’It was a busy weekend, but our volunteers are always ready and willing to drop whatever they are doing to help anyone that is in difficulty at sea.’