Two fishermen rescued at Derrynane

Stephen Fernane

Two fishermen were rescued from the water off Derrynane on Monday afternoon after their vessel caught fire.

The Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was scrambled to the scene at around 12.26pm when the men were forced to abandon the boat.

The lifeboat was tasked by Valentia Coastguard to assist in the rescue as the boat started to take in water shortly after the fire started. The two fishermen took to their liferaft and two local boats, the 'Orchid' and 'Stephanie', stood by to offer assistance.

The lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Dan Noonan, was launched within minutes of the call and arrived at the scene in just over an hour.

Other rescue services who attended the emergency included the Shannon-based Rescue Helicopter 115, Derrynane Inshore Rescue Boat, and Ballinskelligs lnshore Rescue.

"Even though the weather was good, the operation was quite difficult insofar as the boat was very close to Scarrif Island," said Paul Stevens,  Press Officer with Castletownbere RNLI.

"The boat could not be saved as it was too dangerous to go aboard and put the fire out. The boat eventually sank after a few hours. The rescue showed the cooperation that exists between the rescue services. This made it all work seamlessly," he added.

The two fishermen, who were not injured, were transferred from the Ballinskelligs lnshore Rescue boat to the Castletownbere Lifeboat. The men are from Castletownbere and were expected back home on Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were called out over the bank holiday weekend when a woman in her 30s needed medical attention after getting into difficulty on Carrauntoohil on Sunday afternoon.