Wexford RNLI rescues five people drifting out of harbour

Lifeboats News Release

Wexford RNLI was involved in the rescue of five people yesterday afternoon (Sunday 14 October) after the boat they were travelling in lost its propeller.

Helm David Maguire with the casualty undertow

RNLI/Lorraine Galvin

Casualty undertow by Wexford RNLI

The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch at 12pm after a call to the Coast Guard for help. With a fast falling tide, the boat with five people on board, was drifting out of Wexford Harbour with no power.

The crew of Wexford Lifeboat who were still at the lifeboat station following their morning training exercise, were on scene within minutes.

The crew ensured everyone onboard was safe and established a tow line. Speaking after the rescue, Helm David Maguire said: 'The people did the right thing by calling the Coast Guard on 999, which ensured we got to them as quickly as possible.'

Volunteer crew on board were David Maguire, Robbie Connolly, Dermot Whelan and Lesa Sludds.


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