The Ballyglass RNLI responded to two back-to-back call outs yesterday, first to bring an injured fisherman to safety, and then to assist a 10m fishing vessel that had broken down off the Mayo coast.
Following a request from the Coast Guard shortly after 9.30 yesterday morning, the volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat to go to the aid of a fishing vessel 18 miles east of Ballyglass.
The boat had three people on board, with one crew member injured.
The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain James Mangan with six crew onboard, launched immediately and was on scene approximately 40 minutes later.
The injured fisherman was transferred to the lifeboat and taken to Ballyglass where an ambulance was standing by to take him to Mayo University Hospital.
Having arrived back at the station shortly after 11am, Ballyglass RNLI was requested to launch for a second time some two hours later to go to the assistance of a fishing boat with three people onboard, that had broken down 16 miles north of Downpatrick Head.
The lifeboat immediately launched again under Coxswain James Mangan and towed the 10m fishing vessel back to Ballyglass where they arrived yesterday evening.
Speaking after a long day at sea for the volunteer crew, Padraig Sheeran, Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager commended the lifeboat crew for their dedication and professionalism, and extended best wishes to the injured fisherman for a speedy recovery.