Skerries RNLI launch to reports of a missing fisherman

Skerries RNLI Atlantic 85 Louis Simson

Skerries RNLI launched after a member of the public reported that a lone fisherman in a small motor boat had not yet returned to shore as darkness was falling.

Skerries RNLI volunteer crew launched their Atlantic 85 lifeboat Louis Simson shortly after 8.30pm on Tuesday (05 August) after a member of the public called Dublin Coast Guard regarding a man that was seen launching a small motor boat to go fishing at 3.30pm and had yet to return.

The lifeboat with David Knight at the helm and crewed by Joe May, Eoin Grimes and Stephen Crowley began an immediate search of the most popular local fishing spots, while other volunteer crew in boathouse began to chart a potential search pattern. A small motorboat matching the description given, with one man on board, was located just off the western shore of Church Island off Skerries. The man required no assistance and indicated he was preparing to head for Skerries. As the light was fading the lifeboat offered to stand by while he made his way safely to shore.

At the time of the launch there was a force two to three southerly wind and a calm sea.

Speaking after the call out, David Knight , Volunteer Helm for Skerries RNLI said: ’Thankfully in this case the man was fine. However, the member of the public had genuine concerns and did the right thing in calling the Coast Guard’