Wicklow RNLI assists three fishermen during early morning call out
Wicklow all weather lifeboat RNLB Annie Blaker launched at 7-30am this morning (Saturday 3rd September), to assist a fishing vessel four miles offshore.
The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh was alongside the stricken vessel eighteen minutes after launching.
After a quick assessment, the twelve metre whelk trawler with three crew was found to have gearbox failure and unable to motor back to port.
Weather conditions in the area at the time were sea state slight with rain and fair visibility.
Once a towline was established, the trawler was taken back to Wicklow harbour. The lifeboat arrived at 8.40am and the volunteer crew secured the fishing vessel safely alongside the south quay.
Notes to Editors
Please find attached a photo of Wicklow all weather lifeboat launching to assist the fishing vessel. Credit Wicklow RNLI.
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