Thursday 22 March 2018

Skerries RNLI rescue two fishermen on sinking boat

Skerries RNLI. Pic: Gerry Canning
Skerries RNLI. Pic: Gerry Canning

Skerries RNLI lifeboat volunteers aided in the rescue of two fishermen from a sinking razor fishing boat in the early hours of last Thursday morning.

Shortly before 5.30am last Thursday morning, Dublin Coast Guard received an emergency call from the skipper of a razor fishing boat with two men on board that was taking on water off Laytown and was beginning to list dangerously. Lifeboats from both Skerries RNLI and Clogherhead RNLI were requested to launch to assist.

Volunteers from Skerries RNLI launched with Emma Wilson at the Helm and crewed by Eoin Grimes, Steven Johnson and Jack Keane. Conditions at the time were fair with a force one to two north westerly wind.

The lifeboat proceeded to the area off Laytown given as a position by the casualty vessel. There was a number of razor fishing vessels in the area, but the lifeboat soon located the casualty off the mouth of the river Nanny. The vessel was grounded and was being overcome by the rising tide. Clogherhead RNLI arrived on scene shortly afterwards and stood by while the inshore lifeboat was alongside the stricken boat. The two fishermen were taken on board the lifeboat, where they were assessed before being brought safely back to Skerries.

Speaking about the call out, volunteer Helm for Skerries RNLI, Emma Wilson said: 'When we got on scene, it was quite difficult to spot the fishing vessel as it was almost underwater and there was only one remaining light in the wheelhouse. The crew did the right thing in calling for help, wearing their life-jackets and staying with the boat for as long as possible.'

Skerries councillor, Cllr Tom O'Leary (FG) congratulated the local RNLI crew on the rescue, saying: 'Well done Skerries RNLI. These razor fishing boats can be deadly as they dredge the seabed if they get entangled in anything the boat can go down rapidly. Light conditions at that hour would be very poor.'

Fingal Independent