Angle RNLI Lifeboat crew had their second shout in nine hours and their third in four days on Thursday morning (January 6), in what has proved to be a busy start to 2022.
The crew were paged at 8.40 am to a 42 metre heavy lift crane barge with five people on board. It had lost one anchor and the remaining three were dragging as it was being pushed towards the shore at Monk Haven by winds gusting up to 50 knots and a 3.5 metre swell.
A tug was attempting to secure a tow, and when the lifeboat arrived on scene the tug had managed to secure a line and was towing the barge into deeper water but was struggling to maneuver the barge in the conditions.
The lifeboat stayed nearby to provide safety cover incase the need to evacuate the five crew from the barge arose.
The tug managed to slowly tow the barge towards Milford shelf with assistance to maneuver the barge provided by its companion tug.
Once it was safely anchored at Milford shelf the lifeboat was able to return to mooring shortly after 1.30 pm where the rather wet crew were able to get into the dry of the boathouse!
The crew had been paged for the second time this week at 11.23 pm on Wednesday night, to assist in a search for a missing person off Jenkins Point.
As the lifeboat was making its way to the area it was stood down shortly before midnight at as the person had been found safe and well.