IRCG and RNLI called to assist dive boat in Donegal

Date Published : April 16th, 2017    Published By : admin

A dive boat with four people on board was towed back into shore at Killybegs Harbour after it broke down about a mile north of Bullockmore, west of St. Johns Point in Donegal this afternoon.

Malin Head Coast Guard were alerted at approximately 1.50pm, and both the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat crew and the Killybegs Coast Guard crews were alerted to respond.

Bundoran RNLI & Crew
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Station - Photo: (Declan Keogh / Emergency Times)

The RNLI Lifeboat launched at 2pm and joined the Killybegs Coast Guard Rib. The dive boat was spotted a mile north of Bullockmore, west of St. John Point.

Killybegs Coast Guard Rib towed the dive boat back to Killybegs Harbour, accompanied by the RNLI. Local volunteer Lifeboat crewmember Richard Gillespie said “the people on board the dive boat were absolutely correct to call the Coast Guard and have ourselves and Killybegs launched. While they were in no immediate danger, the longer they left the call, the more chances there were of something going wrong. We would always encourage boat users to contact the Coast Guard on the first sign of a problem so we can be there to help sooner rather than later.”

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