A NEWLY engaged skipper told of his joy at being able to go home to his baby girl after he was rescued when his trawler ran aground on rocks off the south-east coast.
Tony Browne (31) and three crew members took to a life-raft and were safely brought ashore after the 15-metre 'Coral Strand' began taking on water off Hook Head in Co Wexford.
The skipper, who only got engaged at Christmas and operates out of Castletownbere, Co Cork, told how his first thoughts were for the safety of his crew after the wooden- hulled trawler got into trouble.
"She started shipping water fast and I decided the best thing to do then was to launch the life raft and get the crew safely into the life raft and view the situation that way," he said.
"We are all okay and that is the main thing. I can go home to my two girls, my fiance and my one-year-old daughter."
He had completely revamped the trawler last October. It was fully compliant with safety standards and certified up to 2015.
He also paid tribute to the work of the Irish Coastguard, the RNLI crews and the trawler 'Boy River' for responding to their May Day alert.