Early start for Arklow RNLI to fishing vessel in difficulty
Following a pager alert by the Irish Coast Guard at 7.28am this morning (Monday 27 July ) Arklow Lifeboat was launched to reports of a fishing vessel in difficulty.
Within a few minutes Arklow lifeboat Ger Tigchelarr and her volunteer crew were en route to the casualty vessel.
Once on scene approximately four miles south of Arklow the volunteer lifeboat crew were able to ascertain that the vessel had suffered machinery failure and needed assistance. A tow line was set up and the vessel and its crew of three was towed back to Arklow where all hands came ashore safely.
Following the callout, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Community Safety Officer said, 'Following these incidents its important to stress to all who go on or in the water the importance of having a means of calling for help, the earlier our crews can get to the casualty the better the outcome.'
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For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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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.