MCIB/176 - "McHugh"
Report of investigation into the sinking of the Gleoiteóg "McHugh" on 5th September 2009
Date of Incident
Saturday 05 September 2009
Friday 12 November 2010
On 5th September 2009, the gleoiteóg \r\n‘McHugh’ set sail at approximately 09.05 hrs. from Kinvara in Galway Bay bound for Rossaveel in Galway Bay. Having sailed approximately five nautical miles from the mouth of Kinvara Bay, the boat was hit by a strong gust of wind, started taking on water, capsized and sank rapidly. The two crew were taken from the water by the crew of another boat in company with them. The Shannon Coast Guard Helicopter and the Galway Inshore Lifeboat attended. There was one fatality, Mr. Johnny Mac Donncha, from the crew of the ‘McHugh’. No pollution was associated with this incident. All times quoted as local time.\r\n