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RNLI rescues crew of 18 on Spanish fishing boat

Members of Donaghadee RNLI have come to the rescue of 18 crew members on a Spanish fishing vessel, after they were left marooned by a broken engine.

The team were called out to the incident on Saturday night just after 8pm upon receiving a call out from the Belfast coastguard.

The fishing vessel Tahume was reported 2.5 nautical miles north east of the Mew Island, and on arrival a tow line was established.

Due to the large size of 117ft boat, it was decided the boat would be towed to the safety of Belfast Harbour.

Speaking after the rescue, Coxswain Philip McNamara of Donaghadee RNLI Lifeboat said: "The crew were paged at 8.12pm and we launched shortly after that, I can only thank them for their speedy response.

"It was a long evening with difficult enough conditions, but thanks to the ongoing training with the RNLI the team were able to secure the tow and we were delighted to bring the skipper of Tahume and her crew to the safety of Belfast Harbour. We wish her safe onward journey following repairs."

The RNLI is supported by on-call volunteer crews, and has 235 stations around the UK and Ireland.

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