Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist yacht taking on water
Wicklow all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker launched shortly after 3.10pm this afternoon (Sunday 22 July), after the skipper of a yacht contacted the Coast Guard by marine VHF radio requesting assistance, as his vessel was taking on water.
The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh was alongside the casualty six minutes after launching, one mile north of Wicklow harbour. Crew member Dave O Leary was transferred onto the yacht to assess the boat and help establish a towline.
The yacht was towed back to Wicklow harbour without further incident and the two sailors were landed safely ashore on the East pier at 3.30pm.
The crew on the callout were: Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Ciaran Doyle, Terry Sillery, Dave 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.