Wicklow RNLI assist fishermen

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow RNLI have brought three fishermen to safety this afternoon (Sunday 3 June) after their 13metre fishing vessel suffered engine failure off the Wicklow coast.

RNLB Annie Blaker launching to the stricken vessel


RNLB Annie Blaker launching to the stricken vessel

The all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh launched shortly before 11am and was alongside the stricken vessel fifty minutes later near Bray Head. Conditions on scene were described as sea state slight, with wind south-westerly force three, visibility was poor due to fog.

Two lifeboat crew members were transferred onto the fishing vessel to assist with establishing a towline and assess one of the fishermen, who was reported to have received an injury. The fisherman was found to have sustained an injury to his arm, he received first aid and casualty care from Carol Flahive and Alan Goucher as the vessel was towed back to Wicklow harbour.

The fishing vessel was brought safely alongside the South quay at 2pm and the injured fisherman was handed into the care of an ambulance crew.

The crew on the callout were Crew Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Carol Flahive, Paul Sillery, Graham Fitzgerald and Alan Goucher.

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