Saturday 25 October 2014

All-female RNLI crew to the rescue of fishing boat

Published 11/06/2013 | 05:40

The all female crew of the RNLI Sligo bay lifeboat safely tows a boat back to the pier at Rosses Point after the owner reported engine failure on Sunday afternoon last.

AN ALL-female crew of the Rosses Point-based RNLI lifeboat went to the aid of a boat in difficulty in Sligo bay on Sunday.

The owner of the boat called for help after the engine failed on a fishing trip.

The lifeboat was launched at 3.30pm and the three female members of the RNLI were first to respond.

They towed the boat back safely to the pier at Rosses Point.

Aisling Gillen, lifeboat press officer said: "The man wasn't in any major danger but he decided to make the call before the situation got any worse.

"It just happened that three female members of our crew were first to the lifeboat and they went to the scene."

Meanwhile, the Sligo airport-based Irish coastguard search and rescue helicopter was called out to assist in the search for a six-year-old boy who was reported missing at Rossnowlagh beach on Sunday afternoon.

At 4.50pm, almost an hour after the initial report stating he was last seen near the water, the child was found safe by a family member.

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