Friday 23 March 2018

Three towed back to shore by RNLI

THREE men in a boat were towed back to shore by the Kilmore Quay lifeboat on Sunday evening after their outboard engine failed.

An RNLI spokesman said the men were between the two Saltee Islands when the alarm was raised at about 6 p.m.

They were quickly found and towed back to the harbour.

In a separate incident last week, the wife one of a group of Eastern Europeans who had gone out fishing from Kilmore Quay asked the RNLI to search for the men because she couldn't make contact with any of them on her mobile phone.

'A fog had descended and she was a bit concerned,' said the spokesman.

The lifeboat crew found the men safe and well fishing at the back of the Great Saltee Island, a well-known blackspot for mobile phone signals.

'They were escorted back to Kilmore Quay by the lifeboat.'

The RNLI urged anyone putting to sea to make sure they had VHF radio communications, which made it a lot easier to locate them in the event of an alarm being raised.

'It makes our life easier if they have VHF,' said the spokesman.

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