Fenit Lifeboat assists in call out

Fenit RNLI Lifeboat was tasked last night when concerns were raised after an object was seen near the coast at Ballyheigue Beach.

The alarm was raised by a call from a concerned member of the public, and Valentia Coast Guard radio station co-ordinated the search.

Both the Fenit All Weather Lifeboat with a full crew and its inshore lifeboat launched at approximately 10.30pm.

Glenderry, Ballyheigue and Banna coastguard units also assisted with onshore searches.

The lifeboat crew arrived at the area and a search was conducted. The object was found to be the remains of a fishing item.

A spokesperson for Fenit RNLI Lifeboat said the call was made with good intention and the RNLI is very clear that this is absolutely the correct course of action should anyone ever have concern in relation to safety at sea. Both crews returned to Fenit Pier at approximately 12.20am.

The Fenit RNLI Lifeboat has had a very busy week, with this being the seventh call out in as many days.

The previous call outs ranged from being called to assist surfers potentially in danger, towing a number of vessels back safely to various harbours in North and West Kerry, assisting a large vessel which ran aground, and providing a safety escort for a number of swimmers who took part in a fundraising event for Fenit RNLI last Saturday.

On all occasions, all those in possible danger were returned to port safely.