Wicklow RNLI assists five people on motor cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow all-weather lifeboat launched to give assistance to an English motor cruiser at 12-20pm today (Sunday 12 June).

The cruiser, with five people on board, was on passage from Dun Laoghaire to Pembroke when it developed mechanical problems four miles south of Wicklow harbour.

The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh was alongside the drifting cruiser fifteen minutes later. A towline was established and the volunteer crew brought the cruiser back to Wicklow harbour.

This is the second callout out of the week for the crew. On Wednesday morning, the all-weather lifeboat launched to assist a French yacht with three people on board, that had a rope fouled in the propeller. The crew of the yacht managed to free the rope obstruction and the lifeboat stood by until the yacht was able to resume its passage south.

On Friday 17 June, the RNLI will hold a lifejacket clinic at the lifeboat station from 11am to 4pm in conjunction with the Sailfest. We would encourage anyone who owns a lifejacket to bring it along for a free check. Advice will also be available with tips on how to choose, fit and maintain your lifejacket.


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Notes to Editors
Please find attached a photo of Wicklow all weather lifeboat bringing the motor cruiser into Wicklow harbour on Sunday. Credit Wicklow RNLI.

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