Rescuers brave gale-force conditions after fishing vessel runs aground off Cork coast

Rescuers have evacuated a fishing crew from their stricken vessel despite treacherous weather conditions off the Cork coast.

Rescuers brave gale-force conditions after fishing vessel runs aground off Cork coast

Rescuers have evacuated a fishing crew from their stricken vessel despite treacherous weather conditions off the Cork coast.

The Baltimore RNLI Tamar-class lifeboat Alan Massey launched last night to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel which ran aground in Glandore Harbour.

The lifeboat was tasked at 9.25pm and arrived in Glandore Harbour where the Union Hall Inshore Lifeboat was evacuating the crew from the fishing vessel.

The trawler then drifted off the rocks and was towed in by the Baltimore Lifeboat towards the safety of Union Hall.

Weather conditions were at force 7 to 8, with a four-metre swell offshore.

The vessel grounded in the more sheltered waters of Glandore Harbour, however.

On board the Baltimore Lifeboat were; Coxswain Kieran Cotter Mechanic Jerry Smith. Crew Pat Collins, Kieran Collins, Don O’Donovan, Ronnie Carty and Colin Whooley.

Union Hall RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Jim Moloney said: "This was a great result for everyone concerned. The weather has been very challenging over the last few days with strong gusts and big seas and the last thing you want to hear is that a vessel is in trouble out there.

"Thankfully the alarm was raised early and the lifeboat was on scene in minutes. The crew from the trawler are safely home tonight with their loved ones and a tragedy has been averted."

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