Clifden RNLI launched both its Shannon class all-weather and Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboats this morning after an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) was accidentally activated, giving a position west of Turbot Island.
The volunteer crews were requested to launch their lifeboats at 9.28am and they immediately made their way to the scene. An Irish Coast Guard helicopter was also tasked.
Weather conditions at the time were good with a south westerly Force 4 wind, good visibility, and a moderate ground swell.
The lifeboat crews conducted a thorough search for approximately two and a half hours, but nothing was found. During the search, information was relayed to the crews that the EPIRB may have been accidentally activated at a property on a nearby empty island. The crew conducted a shoreline search on the island. The search was subsequently called off and the lifeboats were stood down at 12.19pm.