Five crew members on board a fishing vessel which got into difficulty off Erris Head in north Mayo earlier this week were brought to safety by the Ballyglass RNLI lifeboat crew.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched at about 10pm on Tuesday night at the request of the Irish Coast Guard, and went to the aid of five fishermen whose vessel was in difficulty about 25 nautical miles north of Erris Head.

The skipper had called the Coast Guard when a rope had fouled the propeller making it impossible for them to proceed. There was a strong north-westerly wind and poor visibility making for challenging conditions for both lifeboat and the casualty vessel.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew set up tow ropes to bring the crabber and her five crew safely home to Ballyglass pier in darkness, returning to the harbour just after daybreak.

The lifeboat was then refuelled, washed down and was back on her mooring by 8.30am, after which the volunteer crew then departed for their day jobs.

James Mangan, Ballyglass RNLI Coxswain said there was a great  response by so many of the voluteer crew who showed up at such a late hour on a wild night, and said "it's a testament to their dedication and training that a successful rescue was carried out under challenging conditions".