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Two fishermen rescued after vessel ran aground off Dunmore East

Lifeboats were launched at lunchtime after the 10 metre fishing boat grounded 50 metres from the shore.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

LIFEBOAT CREW FROM Dunmore East and Fethard RNLI have rescued two fishermen whose vessel got into difficulty in Co. Waterford earlier today.

At around 12.40 pm, the lifeboats were launched after it was reported that the 10 metre fishing boat with two people on board was in difficulty and had grounded 50 metres from the shore on the north side of Loftus Hall in Dunmore East.

A number of local fishing vessels went to the aid of the casualty vessel and tried to pull it off the rocks, but a spokesperson for the RNLI told TheJournal.ie that the “tide was going down at the time and they were not able to assist”.

As a result of the low tide, the RNLI lifeboats set up a tow and after “a lot of manoeuvring and careful tension, they managed to get the boat off the rocks without any major damage,” added the spokesperson.

The two crewmen were unharmed and their vessel was towed back to land at around 3pm.

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