By Dan Walsh
Two adults and a child were brought to safety by Fethard RNLI yesterday (Thursday) after their 17ft Dory boat suffered engine failure and was in danger of verging into a nearby shipping lane.
The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat shortly after 5pm after the Irish Coast Guard was notified that a boat with three people onboard was in difficulty east of the fairway buoy near Loftus Hall.
The crew reached the scene approximately 10 minutes later. Weather conditions at the time were good with a light sea breeze and an incoming tide.
Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew assessed the situation before making the decision to tow the vessel with its occupants onboard to the nearest safe port at Duncannon.
Walter Foley, Fethard RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said; “While everyone was safe and well and not in any immediate danger, the crew on the vessel made the right decision to call for help when they did as the broken-down boat could have entered the nearby shipping lane. We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always wear a lifejacket and to always carry a means of calling for help like the group onboard did yesterday evening, that is always the right thing to do.”