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Crew of five rescued from fishing boat that got into difficulties

Another rescue involved a dog that fell of a cliff.
Apr 12th 2015, 7:00 AM 12,531 13

THE COURTMACSHERRY RNLI all-weather lifeboat crew have had an extremely busy weekend, with a number of rescues already.

On Saturday afternoon they were called out at 3.50pm to respond to a mayday call from a 55ft fishing vessel that encountered difficulties two miles south of the Old Head Of Kinsale in West Cork.

In winds blowing force five, with a two-metre swell, the lifeboat found the casualty at 4.25pm and immediately secured a tow line.

It towed the boat, which had six crew on board, back to Kinsale Harbour.

On Friday, it rescued a 60ft fishing vessel two miles off the Seven Heads coastline. It got into difficulties at 5.40pm, and had five crew on board.

It was safely berthed at Courtmacsherry Pier by 8.45pm, but soon another emergency call was received from Valentia Coastguard.

This call was very different – a large dog had fallen off the high cliffs at File Na Mho, near Broadstrand in Courtmacsherry Bay.

To make matters worse, the owner had tried to climb down the cliff to retrieve it but ended up in danger himself.

He made a 999 call and Courtmacsherry lifeboat responded. It arrived at the base of the cliffs and, using its spotlights, located the dog on the rocky water’s edge.

The dog was brought into the lifeboat, and the owner was guided to safety at the top of the cliff.

They were reunited 20 minutes later at the lifeboat station.

Read: Two men set out into the North Sea in this £9 homemade boat. It didn’t end well>

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