Arklow RNLI rescues three people in separate incidents

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI responded to two consecutive incidents on Saturday afternoon last (30 June).

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Following a pager alert at 3.45pm, Arklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched to reports of a lone jet ski adrift near North beach just north of Arklow Harbour.

Within a few minutes, the Ger Tigchlearr and her volunteer crew were enroute to the scene.

On arrival, the crew were able to ascertain that the jet ski had suffered machinery failure and was adrift near the rock armour shoreline at North beach. With the assistance of the jet skier, a tow line was established and the jet skier was then taken aboard the lifeboat and both were returned safely to Arklow Harbour.

Upon arrival at Arklow Lifeboat station a further report was received that a 9m catamaran was adrift and in danger, south of Arklow near the quarry breakwater.

Arklow RNLI’s crew put the jet skier ashore and then proceeded immediately to sea.

Upon arrival at the quarry breakwater, the lifeboat crew observed the catamaran with two onboard aground on the breakwater having suffered engine failure.

In challenging conditions, a towline was put aboard the catamaran.

Once secured the lifeboat proceed to assist in refloating the vessel and then once it was established that the casualty vessel was not taking on water, the vessel was towed back in to Arklow where all hands came ashore safety.

Following the incidents, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Community Safety Officer said: ‘Following these incidents and as we enter the summer months, we would remind everyone to respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of calling for help - the earlier the lifeboat crew can get to the casualty the better the outcome tends to be.’

For more information on water safety relevant to what you do visit www.respectthewater.com

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For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email mark@aslsafety.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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