26 April 2019
By Mary Bermingham
Lifeboat crew at Castletownbere RNLI were launched this evening (Friday 26 April) at 6.16pm to assist a 33ft fishing vessel which had lost all power in Bere Haven Harbour in West Cork. The callout came during a severe weather warning as Storm Hannah swept through the country.
The lifeboat crew battled sea conditions reaching force nine to assist the vessel with a crew of two people onboard. The fishing boat had lost all power and was at the mercy of the weather. Once on scene the lifeboat crew quickly took the vessel under tow and brought it safely to shore where the crew could seek shelter.
Commenting on callout Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Stevens said, ‘Conditions are very challenging off shore this evening and the crew did a great job in bringing everyone home safe. The waves are very high and there are strong winds blowing. We would advise everyone to seek shelter and not attempt to go out during the weather warning.’