Skerries RNLI tow motorboat with four men on board to safety

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Skerries RNLI responded this afternoon (28 May) to reports of a motor boat experiencing engine difficulties and adrift approximately 4 miles east of Malahide estuary.

Skerries RNLI volunteers launched the lifeboat shortly before 2pm when Dublin Coast Guard tasked them to assist a motor boat experiencing engine difficulties.

The casualty was able to provide the Coast Guard with GPS co-ordinates for their position. As a result the lifeboat, with volunteer Joe May at the Helm and crewed by Steven Johnson and Laura Boylan, were able to proceed directly to the vessel.

The motorboat, with four men on board was taken under tow by the lifeboat and returned safely to Howth.

Conditions at the time were clam with a slight sea fog.

Speaking after the call out, Niall McGrotty, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Skerries RNLI said: ‘Everyone on board was wearing a lifejacket and they were able to give us their exact location. Even the most prepared can encounter difficulties at sea. We would just like remind people that if they are in difficulty or see others who may be in difficulty to dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard