Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

18.35 21 Oct 2020


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Three lifeboats and the Coast Guard were involved in the operation to save a stricken 4,000-tonne ship off the Irish coast.

The cargo vessel - which was carrying coal - lost power off Waterford Harbour yesterday.

Lifeboats from Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay and Rosslare as well as the Waterford based Coast Guard Helicopter and Fethard Coast Guard unit were all dispatched to assist the boat.

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Video footage from the rescue shows the large boat being hit with massive waves.

Six-metre swells were reported during the 12-hour battle to protect the ship from getting swept onto rocks.

David Maloney, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'The 4,000-tonne vessel came within a half a mile of the shore and Dunmore East and Kilmore Quay lifeboat crews had an incredibly difficult job in keeping it away from the rocks.'

‘The seas were huge, and it would not have been pleasant for anyone out there in those conditions.

"The lifeboat crews were out for over 12 hours in a callout that involved serious skill and concentration and I am tremendously proud of all three lifeboat crews involved. Thankfully we did not have a tragedy today".

Main image: Photo of the ship being hit by waves off the Irish coast. Image: RNLI

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