RNLI and Coast Guard respond to fishing trawler fire off Wexford coast

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ROSSLARE RNLI and the Coast Guard Rescue 117 helicopter rushed to the assistance of a fishing trawler which went on fire some 30 miles south of Tuskar Rock on Saturday morning.

he volunteer lifeboat crew mobilised at around 11 a.m. and rushed to the scene, while the helicopter was tasked from Waterford to oversee and provide assistance if needed.

The vessel, fishing trawler the Bridget Carmel, was reported to have five or six crew on board at the time, when an electrical distribution box went up in flames. A mayday call was sent out and within minutes other fishing boats, along with the survey vessel the Celtic Explorer were at the scene to offer assistance, with the helicopter quickly hovering overhead.

The situation was quickly brought under control and, with the fire out, the Rosslare Lifeboat began to tow the stricken Bridget Carmel back towards Kilmore Quay.  Eventually the trawler was able to make its way back on its own steam with an escort from the Rosslare and Kilmore Quay lifeboats.

Thankfully the outcome was a positive one and the crew of the lifeboats along with Rescue 117 were once again thanked for their speedy reactions.

Meanwhile, shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday evening, the Kilmore Quay Lifeboat launched once again, following concerned reports from a member of the public in relation to an angler spotted at Forlorn Point and was “possibly missing”.

A full search of the area was conducted with the Coast Guard also searching on shore. Following an initial investigation, it was established that the angler in question was safe and sound and had left the area. However, it was once again stressed that the member of the public did the right thing in calling the incident in and people are always encouraged to call 112 or 999 if they think somebody might be in trouble.

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