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Arklow RNLI rescues seven people in separate call outs over weekend

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI launched twice over last weekend (7 and 8 September) following launch requests from the Irish Coast Guard.

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The first launch on Saturday 7 September came at 3.15pm and was to a power boat which had developed engine difficulties. Initial reports were that the vessel was just outside Arklow Harbour. When no sign of the vessel with one person aboard could be found, volunteer crew set up a search pattern and located the vessel a short time later close to Castletown Beach, several miles south of Arklow. The vessel and its owner were towed safely back to Arklow.

On Sunday 8 September at 3.55pm, the all-weather lifeboat and her volunteer crew were requested to launch to a Mayday which had been received by the Irish Coast Guard. Within minutes the crew were on route to a 12.5m yacht which had become fouled in fishing gear and was in difficulty approximately one mile outside Arklow harbour.

Once on scene it was decided to put a crew member aboard the large yacht to assist with trying to free the boat from the fishing gear. A short time later once freed the yacht and her six crew were towed back to Arklow and all came ashore safely.

Following the call outs, Mark Corcoran, Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said: ‘We would like to remind people to respect the water and always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help when going out on the water.’

Further Water Safety Information can be found at https://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 rel="noopener noreferrer" 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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