Ballyglass RNLI were tasked by Malin Head Coast Guard to assist of four fishermen in Donegal Bay after their 55ft trawler got into difficulty overnight. 

The volunteer crew left their beds at 2.20am to go to the aid of a drifting trawler four miles west of Malin Beg in Donegal. 

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain James Mangan set out immediately across Donegal Bay just after 2.30am to assist the crew of the large vessel that had lost power and was drifting.  

Conditions on the overnight passage were less than favourable with southerly Force 5-6 winds, a 2-3m sea swell and poor to fair visibility. 

Once on scene the lifeboat crew assessed the situation and found that the fishermen were safe and well.

A decision was then made to establish a secure tow and bring the vessel to the nearest safe port at Killybegs where they secured the trawler at 11.40am.

The crew then began the preparations for the return journey to Ballyglass. 

Speaking after the trawler was safely berthed, Pádraig Sheerin, Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, commended the crew for their dedication: ‘We would like to wish the fishermen well. Despite the very early hours of this morning when the pagers went off, there was a great turn out once again from our volunteers with plenty of assistance and team work to launch the lifeboat as promptly as possible. 

 

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