First call out of 2022 for Helvick Head RNLI as fishing boat breaks down

Helvick Head RNLI came to the aid of two fishermen yesterday after their 29ft fishing boat broke down at Ballyvoyle.

On what was described as a sunny and calm day on the water, the volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 12.50pm, following a report that the vessel needed assistance at Ballyvoyle, close to Clonea beach.

The lifeboat was launched just after 1pm by Joe Foley and with crew members Alan Kelly, Shane Walsh and Liam Harty onboard, made its way to the scene arriving at 1.12pm.

The lifeboat crew assessed the situation and found the fishermen to be safe and well.


It transpired that the boat had sustained engine failure, and so a decision was made to tow the vessel back to Helvick Head Pier.

Speaking following the call out, Sean Walsh, Helvick Head RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said:

The casualties did the right thing by calling for help when they realised they were in difficulty. We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea to always go prepared. Always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of communication. Should you get into trouble or see someone else in difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

More here on callouts to Waterford from volunteer services.