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Arklow RNLI launch to assist 14-metre fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI launched earlier today (Wednesday 10 April) to assist a fishing vessel in difficulty following a launch request from the Irish Coast Guard at 12.25pm.

The volunteer lifeboat crew responded quickly and within minutes of the alert were aboard the Ger Tigchlearr lifeboat and underway. The lifeboat made its way to the reported position, just east of the South Arklow Bank, approximately 9 miles offshore. The casualty vessel had been reported to have been fouled in fishing gear and was without propulsion.

Once on scene the volunteer crew worked with the casualty vessel's crew of three people, to free the fouled propeller. When this was completed, a tow line was established and the vessel with its crew were towed safely back to Arklow.

Following the callout, Mark Corcoran Community Safety Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Luckily our volunteers response time ensured we were able to get to the vessel before the situation worsened and we had a good result. We would like to remind people to always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help when going out on, in or near the water.'

Further Water Safety Information can be found at www.respectthewater.com

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For more information please telephone Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439 or mark@aslsafety.com or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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