Wicklow RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launched at 2.50pm yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 14 June) to assist the crew of a whelk fishing vessel off the Wicklow coast.
The skipper of the trawler contacted Wicklow Head Coast Guard by VHF radio for assistance, after a rope got caught in the propeller.
The lifeboat under the command of Senior Deputy Second Coxswain Tom McAulay and a volunteer crew was alongside the casualty 40 minutes after launching, in a position over 12 miles north of Wicklow port near the Codling bank.
The fishermen reported earlier that they managed to clear the rope from the propeller and were now able to get underway.
Coxswain McAulay carried out an assessment and the lifeboat escorted the trawler while it crossed the Codling bank. Once he was satisfied that the obstruction was clear and the fishing vessel with three crew was capable of resuming its passage safely back to Wicklow harbour, the lifeboat returned to station.
The crew on the call out were Coxswain Tommy McAuley, mechanic Brendan Copeland, Terry Sillery, Carol Flahive, Lisa O'Leary, Paul Sillery and Dean Mulvihill.
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