The inshore lifeboat Bessie assisted from Baltimore. Pic: Baltimore Lifeboat

A FAMILY outing to Cape Clear Island became a distress call this evening, Sunday July 15th.

The Merry Fisher, a 6.5 metre motorboat, experienced difficulties with her fuel line when en route from Cape Clear Island to White Hall.

Taking precautionary action the skipper dropped an anchor and called for assistance. At 18:40 RNLI Helm Micheál Cottrell onboard the Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat Bessie with crew Diarmuid Collins and Gerald O’Brien speedily made their way to the Western tip of Sherkin Island, where the distressed vessel had dropped anchor near Drolaun Rock.

There were 5 people, 2 adults and 3 children, on board the boat at the time.

The lifeboat took the vessel in tow returning four of the family of five to Cunnamore Pier and then bringing the boat and skipper back to her moorings at White Hall.

The inshore lifeboat returned to Baltimore Harbour at 19:45.