Ballyglass RNLI volunteers yesterday safely rescued three fishermen who had got into difficulty almost 40 miles off the north Mayo coastline. The crew spent eleven and a half hours at sea to rescue the men and their boat.

The Ballyglass RNLI lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 4am yesterday morning (Monday 3 December) following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to go to the aid of three fishermen onboard a 10m vessel that had got into difficulty about  38 miles from Ballyglass.

The lifeboat under Coxswain James Mangan and with four crew members onboard, launched immediately into the darkness and made its way to the scene and into Donegal Bay.

The fishing boat had got into difficulty when it fouled its propeller.

 Weather conditions at the time were good and when the lifeboat crew arrived on scene they assessed that all onboard were safe and well before working with the fishermen to establish a towline and then begin the slow journey to Killybegs where they arrived at 10.30am.

 Following a short break, the lifeboat crew then began the return journey back to Ballyglass, arriving at the lifeboat station and preparing the lifeboat for service again at 3.30pm.

 Speaking following the call out, Padraic Sheeran, Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘The fishermen did the right thing -raising the alarm when they got into trouble".



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