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Wicklow lifeboat assists fishing vessel with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow RNLI volunteers were alerted by pager at 1.05pm today (Friday 12 April) following a Coast Guard launch request to assist fishing boat with engine failure.

Fishing vessel with engine failure under tow back to Wicklow


Fishing vessel with engine failure under tow back to Wicklow

The all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater put to sea shortly before 1.15pm under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh and proceeded towards the vessel, which was reported to be 23 miles north east of Wicklow harbour.

The lifeboat was alongside the 10-metre fishing boat an hour later. Conditions in the area were good, with south easterly wind force 3. The fishing vessel with three crew had developed mechanical problems and had lost propulsion.

A towline was secured, and the fishing vessel was towed back towards Wicklow harbour. The tow took three and a half hours and the fishing boat was secured safely alongside the north quay shortly before 6pm this evening.

This was the second callout in 48hours for the all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater, since going on station at Wicklow on Friday 5 April.

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