Clogher Head lifeboat
helps with surprise catch.
At just after 0820 on
15 March, Belfast Coastgaurd station received a call from a fishing
agency based in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, informing them that a 25m
Belfast registered vessel had picked a mine up in its nets. The fishing
vessel was three miles south of the border near Carlingford Lough.
The Coastgaurd station immediately made contact with the crew of the
fishing vessel, and with the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD)
based in England. The EOD then contacted the fishing vessel to confirm
that they had caught a World War II mine in its nets. Clogher Head
lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastgaurd to stand by
the fishing vessel. Dublin and Liverpool Coastgaurd were also kept
informed of the events. Newcastle's Mersey class lifeboat was later
launched to relieve Clogher Head of her duties. Belfast Coastgaurd
co-ordinated the safe passage of thefishing vessel to a nearby to
nearby dumping ground, some 3.5 miles east of Annalong. Once at the
site the mine was sent to the seabed before leaving the area. The
EOD team then took over. The weather conditions were fine with light
winds and calm seas. A controlled explosion successfully by the EOD
team at 1935 and Clogher Head lifeboat was released from ots duties.
Christmas rescue for Arklow lifeboat A swimmer in the annual St Stephen's
Day swim in aid of RNLB Ger Tigchelaar when he got into difficulties
during the event. Patrick Kelly (28), an asthma sufferer, was taking
part in the fundraising event when he began to struggle. Two other
swimmers came to his aid and then the lifeboat rescued him from the
breaking surf and icy waters. The lifeboat brought Mr Kelly ashore
from where he was brought to Loughlinstown Hospital. The dramatic
picture of the rescue made the front page of many national newspapers.
Rescue at Dunmore East.
crew in dramatic rescue.