Six fishermen rescued by Dun Laoghaire lifeboat off Dublin

Difficult weather conditions hampered eight-hour rescue

Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescued six fishermen in challenging conditions this morning (Weds 3) after a 25m trawler was disabled off the coast of Dublin. Weather conditions saw a Force 9 strong gale blowing and 3 to 4 metre waves. Video: RNLI

Six fishermen were rescued by the Dún Laoghaire lifeboat in difficult weather conditions off Dublin Bay early on Wednesday morning after a rope snagged in their vessel’s propellor.

The 25-metre beam trawler Argonaut IV was working east of the Kish Bank when it sought assistance from the Irish Coastguard shortly before 2.50am.

The RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat under duty coxswain David Branigan and steamed to the vessel 22km south-east of Howth harbour.

Winds were gusting up to 90km/h in a force nine gale, with three to four metre waves. The lifeboat arrived shortly before 4am. Having established that the fishermen were safe, the lifeboat began working with the vessel to set up a tow.


It took several attempts to secure a tow in the highly challenging sea conditions, with poor visibility.

The towline parted on three occasions during the long slow passage at two to three knots into Howth harbour.

Howth lifeboat crew launched at 9.40am to provide assistance for the last leg, and the trawler and crew berthed in Howth at 10.40am.

Speaking after the eight hour rescue, Mr Branigan paid tribute to his fellow volunteers.

“The high winds and rough seas made this call out particularly challenging,especially when establishing and keeping a tow, but we persevered and thankfully were able to return the fishermen and their vessel safely to shore,”he said.

Lorna Siggins

Lorna Siggins

Lorna Siggins is the former western and marine correspondent of The Irish Times