Clifden RNLI rescues four fish farmers in stormy conditions

Clifden RNLI in county Galway has rescued four fish farmers after they called for help in the extreme weather conditions this afternoon.

The RNLI posted a video clip of the rescue, here.

Malin Head Coast Guard called the lifeboat and the Coast Guard helicopter in Sligo to help the fish farmers who were stranded at the mouth of Clifden Bay.

When the lifeboat crew arrived, three of the fish farmers were on a 16ft boat which was tied to a fish cage. The fourth fish farmer was on the cage.

The Clifden RNLI crew transferred them onto the lifeboat before taking them safely to shore.

Saul Joyce, Clifden RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: "This was a challenging call out given the gusty weather conditions the lifeboat crew was presented with today.

The four casualties who are experienced fish farmers were working when the stormy conditions took over and they made the right decision to call for help.

"The crew used their skill and training to good effect and we are delighted to have brought all four safely back to shore."

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