Arklow RNLI launch to assist eight-metre fishing vessel.
Volunteer lifeboat crew with Arklow RNLI were alerted by pager at 10.05pm on Friday (29 April) to reports of a fishing vessel in difficulty.
The vessel had suffered engine failure and was without navigation ability approximately two miles east of Mizen Head.
The volunteer crew consisting of Coxswain Brendan Dillon, Station Mechanic Michael Fitzgerald, Eddie McElheron, Geoff Kearnes, David Lee & Keith Forde, launched Ger Tigchleaar and proceeded to scene and after locating the casualty vessel, established a tow line and proceeded with the long slow tow back to Arklow.
The two crew from the casualty vessel remained aboard during the tow home and all hands came ashore safely at Arklow.
Speaking following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer and Community Safety Officer said “Our crew responded very quickly when the vessel called for help. Calling for help early when a vessel gets into difficulty is extremely important. Always Respect the Water”
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All Photos Mark Corcoran/Arklow RNLI
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