Fishing boat rescued off Hook Head

A fishing vessel that got into difficulties south-east of Hook Head being towed by Dunmore RNLI crew. (Pic; Peter Grogan/RNLI)

By Dan Walsh

Three men on board a 12-metre fishing vessel were rescued by Dunmore East RNLI this morning after they got into difficulty at sea.

The volunteer crew were paged at 9.30am following a notification from the Irish Coast Guard that a fishing vessel required assistance south east of Hook Head.

The casualty vessel was quickly located approximately 10 nautical miles south-east of Hook Head. With an entangled propeller, they were unable to make any headway under their own power.

The fishing boat was towed to the nearest safe port at Dunmore East, a journey that took approximately two and a half hours.

Conditions at the time were Force four to five north easterly winds, with a moderate sea state and good visibility.

Peter Grogan, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Dunmore East RNLI, said; “We would encourage anyone going to sea to ensure that you have the appropriate means of calling for help should you need it such as a VHF radio or a mobile phone. Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”

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