RNLI releases footage of Dunree Head rescue operation

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The RNLI has released footage of a rescue operation off the coast of Dunree Head in the early hours of Monday morning, September 8th.

Six crew were rescued from a sinking vessel, which was rapidly taking on water around two miles north of the coast.

Lough Swilly RNLI

Lough Swilly RNLI

The volunteer lifeboat crew of Lough Swilly RNLI was requested to launch both their inshore and all-weather lifeboats at 3.15am at the request of Malin Head Coast Guard.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 from Sligo was also requested. A local fishing boat which was in the area was also ready to offer assistance.

Both lifeboats proceeded in the darkness to the scene where upon arrival they spotted a fishing vessel which was lifting badly and rapidly taking on water.

Three RNLI crew from the all-weather lifeboat were transferred to the vessel. Using a salvage pump they started to pump water from the boat and continued for over an hour. Once the boat was stabilised, the lifeboat escorted the vessel safely back to shore at Rathmullan.

Footage courtesy of Lough Swilly RNLI.