Clifden crew in dramatic
The bravery and seamanship
of the crew of Clifden lifeboat has been recognised by the awarding
of a Letter of Thanks, signed by the RNLI chairman, congratulating
the boat and
onshore crew on a dramatic and successful rescue carried out during
the late afternoon of 30 July 2000. During the rescue, Benjamin Downing
Fairbridge, the Clifden Atlantic 75
lifeboat, under helmsman Bernard Whelan, with crew Julien Jeffries
and James Mullen, was launched in a southeasterly force 7 to8. The
lifeboat was launched following reports of a
damaged yacht drifting rapidly towards Fahy Point, suffering the severe
effects of the rough sea. In treacherous conditions, which resulted
in damage to the lifeboat, the lifeboat crew
managed to rescue the two crew on board the yacht and tow the craft
safely to shore.
Rescue at Dunmore East.
Head lifeboat helps with surprise catch.