Howth RNLI rescue fishing boat with mechanical problems

Howth RNLI launched the all weather lifeboat to rescue a 21 foot fishing boat with two people onboard after it suffered mechanical failure just off Rush Co. Dublin.

The RNLI pagers sounded at 2.52pm on Monday 18th January to reports of a small fishing boat with two people aboard with mechanical problems. The all weather lifeboat was launched and travelled to the stricken vessel which had managed to drop an anchor 400m off the coastline of Rush in North Dublin.

Howth RNLI rescue fishing boat

Howth RNLI rescue fishing boat with mechanical problems (Credit: RNLI/Killian O’Reilly)

The volunteer lifeboat crew promptly took the vessel in tow and returned the 21 foot boat along with its two occupants back to its home port of Malahide marina.

The Howth Lifeboat and volunteer crew returned to Howth station and stood down at 4.35pm.

Speaking following the callout, Colm Newport, Howth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘Our volunteer lifeboat crew were pleased to be able to quickly respond and tow the small fishing boat to the safety of Malahide Marina’

The RNLI continues to provide an on call 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service. To ensure peoples’ own safety in or on the water please adhere to the relevant water safety guidance for your activity. More information can be found at

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