A father-son duo were rescued along with their dog off Dublin Bay after their boat suffered an engine failure.
The boat lost power and was being blown towards the cliffs on the south of Howth Head on Wednesday afternoon. Howth RNLI jumped into action and a lifeboat was deployed. Howth RNLI Coxswain Fred Connolly decided to take the father, son and their black Labrador “Billy” aboard the lifeboat and tow their boat back to Howth, a spokesperson said. They had cast a line to the boat so the father, son and their dog could be transferred safely to the lifeboat.
The boat was towed back to Howth Harbour and brought to shore. Mr Connolly said: “The owner of the boat in difficulty did the right thing in calling the Coast Guard for help straight away. When the winds are blowing onshore and a boat is broken down, every minute counts.”
“Our volunteer crew responded quickly once the pager went off and we launched the lifeboat within minutes. This type of call-out for the RNLI provides a good opportunity to remind boat owners to have a means of calling for help at all times and if you do get into difficulty that you’re prepared. We were delighted to be able to return ‘Billy’ and his owners safely ashore.”
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