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Wicklow RNLI's lifeboat tows fishing vessel with three onboard to safety

Lifeboats News Release

A trawler with three fishermen onboard was towed to safety by Wicklow RNLI this morning (Thursday 10 November), after it lost all power 10 miles offshore.

RNLI/Nuala McAloon

The all-weather lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh and a volunteer crew launched shortly after 10am and were alongside the stricken fishing vessel 40 minutes later. The skipper had dropped an anchor, but it had dragged and the vessel had drifted a short distance south with the tide.

Conditions in the area were sea state slight, with wind force north west force 2/3. Visibility was good.

The Naval Service patrol vessel LE ORLA and the work vessel WINDCAT2 also stood by the trawler, as the lifeboat crew established a towline.

The trawler with three crew on board was towed back to Wicklow and brought safely alongside the South Quay at 12.15pm.


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