Sunday 4 December 2016

Heroic rescue team battled massive waves and high winds to rescue six fishermen last night

Footage shows rescue which took place off the coast of Dublin

Published 03/02/2016 | 17:07

A rescue team battled the elements for eight hours to save the lives of six fishermen off the coast of Dublin.

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Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescued the fishermen in challenging weather conditions this morning after the crew of a 25m trawler called for help.

The fishermen found themselves in danger when a rope got caught in the vessel's propeller when they were fishing for scallop.

Six members of the Dun Laoghaire volunteer crew launched their lifeboat at approximately 3am after a call from the Coast Guard.

"Our lifeboat crew deserve full credit for their efforts in the early hours of this morning which have seen us spend some eight hours at sea," David Branigan, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Duty Coxswain said.

"We launched in the darkness and were met by difficult weather.

"The high winds and rough seas made this call out particularly challenging especially when establishing and keeping a tow but we persevered and thankfully were able to return the fishermen and their vessel safely to shore."

The fishing trawler was located approximately 12 nautical miles south-east of Howth Harbour.

The lifeboat crew experienced difficult weather conditions and endured strong gale-force winds and four metre-high waves in the darkness.

The crew arrived on scene shortly before 4am, before assessing the situation and checked that the trawler crew were safe.

They then began to start working with the fishermen to set up a tow. Numerous attempts were made before a towline was successfully established.

The lifeboat returned to Howth Harbour, losing the trawler connection three times in the treacherous weather.

Howth RNLI was then requested to launch at 9.40am to provide assistance with bringing the vessel into the harbour.

The trawler and her crew were safely returned to shore at approximately 10.40am.

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