Wicklow Inshore lifeboat launched to assist angling boat with mechanical failure
A small angling boat with one person on board has been towed to safety by Wicklow RNLI after it got into difficulty near Wicklow head on Wednesday (8 August) evening.
The Angler had departed from Wicklow port earlier for a day’s fishing along the coast. He was unable to get the engine into gear to return to the harbour and called for assistance.
The Inshore lifeboat was launched shortly after 6pm and located the drifting craft near Wicklow head eight minutes later. Weather conditions at the scene were calm with a northerly wind force three.
The angling boat was taken in tow back to Wicklow harbour and the angler was landed safely ashore.
The crew on the callout were (Helm) Vinnie Mulvihill, David O’Leary and Graham Fitzgerald.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.