Achill Island RNLI responded to a request to assist two people drifting on their 7m vessel off Keel Island after experiencing engine failure. The request came from the Irish Coast Guard, who also requested the support of Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118, as well as Achill Island Coast Guard.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched shortly after 2pm yesterday afternoon (Monday), 15 May, with Dave Curtis, Coxswain, and a crew of five onboard the all-weather lifeboat, ‘Sam and Ada Moody’.

Weather conditions were a little overcast at the time with light winds and 1.5m to 2m swells.

While underway, the lifeboat was stood down when a local fishing vessel came to the aid of the two people and towed their boat back to the safety of Purteen Harbour.

Happy that everyone was safe and well and that no further assistance was required, the lifeboat then returned back to the lifeboat station at Kildownet at approximately 3.30pm.


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