View Full Version : Fishermen rescued after propeller fouled

Davie Tait
19th March 2013, 16:24

Five fishermen on board a 15-metre crabber got into difficulty on St Patrickís Day (Sunday 17 March) off county Donegal, Ireland.

In what was a 12-hour call out in difficult weather conditions, Arranmore RNLIís all-weather lifeboat was launched at 1.45pm to go to the assistance of the fishing vessel which had lost power some 40 miles north west of Arranmore because a rope getting tangled in the propellers.

The five crew members on board the boat were not in immediate danger.

Arriving on scene at 4.30pm, the lifeboat crew under second coxswain Jimmy Early, established a tow line and proceeded to escort the stricken vessel into Burtonport.

However, because of a heavy five-metre swell, the journey was slowed down by the tow line breaking.

Nora Flanagan, Arranmore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, said: "This was a long call out for all concerned but our lifeboat crew was delighted that they were able to assist the five crew members and bring them and their fishing vessel safely to shore which they did shortly before 2am on Monday 18 March."