The Irish Coastguard has been helping two shipping vessels that got into trouble off the south west coast today. The west coast has been suffering the worst of Storm Erik as it lashes Irish shores.
Met Éireann has issued a storm warning for areas from Loop Head to Malin Head as well as a yellow wind warning for the entire country.
The Coast Guard strongly advises the public to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers, harbour walls and promenades along the coast during storm conditions.
Remember to Stay Back, Stay High and Stay Dry. #StormErik pic.twitter.com/ahO2uvdHUp
— Irish Coast Guard (@IrishCoastGuard) February 8, 2019
Speaking to RTE via Breaking News, Divisional Controller Derek Flanagan explained how the Coastguard based in Valentia dealt with the incidents.
“One was an Irish fishing vessel that was 120 miles west of Dingle that got struck by a very large wave and sustained major damage.” Thankfully there have been no reports of any injuries. Mr Flanagan also explained that a Russian vessel also got into difficulty:
“Around the same time – 7am – a Russian based vessel further out to sea, 230 miles south-west of Dingle, also reported an incident where they had some mechanical issues due to the weather.”
Source: Breaking News
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