Arklow RNLI volunteers launch to Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI lifeboat volunteers were alerted by pager at approximately 7pm on a fine Mayday Sunday evening (1 May) .

RNLB Ger Tigchleaar was launched within minutes in response to a call for help from a vintage sailing vessel.

The vessel had suffered engine failure and was stranded just east of Arklow harbour.

The Arklow RNLI volunteer crew consisting of Coxswain Ned Dillon, Station Mechanic Michael Fitzgerald, Aiden Downey, Craig O’Reilly, Jimmy Myler,  Eddie McElheron and Scott Heaney rushed to the lifeboat station, launched lifeboat Ger Tigchleaar and after locating the casualty vessel just outside Arklow Harbour, established a tow line and proceeded to tow the vessel safely back into Arklow.

The five experienced crewmembers aboard the casualty vessel remained aboard during the tow home and all hands came ashore safely at Arklow.

Speaking following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer and Community Safety Officer said: 'On this the RNLI’s Mayday fundraising weekend, our fundraising team and boats crew have been busy with all kinds of fundraising events.

'Even after a long day of fundraising our dedicated volunteers turned up this evening en masse to go to the aid of the crew of this stricken vessel. We’re all very proud to be involved with the RNLI, so please give generously to the Mayday campaign to help keep us doing what we do, which is saving lives at sea.'

Notes to editors

For anyone who requires FREE impartial Water  Safety Advice from our Community Safety Team, you can contact or call Mark on 086 8260439 to book your advice aboard your boat or ashore or safety presentation or discuss your needs.


All Photos Mark Corcoran/Arklow RNLI

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For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email


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