Wicklow RNLI assists fishing vessel with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 3.30pm this afternoon, (Thursday 3 May) following a launch request from the Coast Guard to assist a fishing vessel with engine failure, six miles off the Wicklow coast.

File photo of Wicklow all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Tommy Dover

File photo of Wicklow all-weather lifeboat

The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh was alongside the fishing vessel twenty minutes after launching.

Weather on scene was wind south westerly in direction, force five with fair visibility

A towline was quickly established and the fishing vessel with three crew was towed back to Wicklow harbour.

The crew on the callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Ciaran Doyle, Dave O’Leary, Terry Sillery, Graham Fitzgerald, Connie O Gara and Joe Hanlon.

The call out comes as the RNLI launches its #MaydayEveryDay appeal this month, to fund essential kit for our local volunteers. To get involved and fundraise to lifesave visit: http://rnli.info/b0j2vt

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